Reach is a leading charity providing support and information to parents and their children affected by upper limb difference. They have struggled, like many other charities, in the face of the current pandemic with fundraising activities on hold.
In the Penarth South Wales branch they organise two or three events every year. The focus is on the children meeting others with an upper limb difference, having the opportunity to play, talk and make friends with other children facing similar challenges.
It is also for the parents to have the chance to speak openly with other parents to discuss practical solutions to problems, talk through surgical options, share worries about transitions that their child is going through, and everything else that comes with parenting a child with a difference.
It is hoped that these activities will lead to lifelong friendships and support networks can also be formed. This way the children will feel supported throughout their childhood.
They said: ‘’We bring people together in the local community who have an upper limb difference. We focus on ability not disability.”
Of course, a lot of this has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 restrictions and the charity have struggled to raise the money they would usually gain from fundraising.
So far, the donations from Co-op members in Penarth has been £262.29.
For more information on Reach click here.