Colleagues and friends who work at the endoscopy unit of the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust wanted to liven up a girls night in and raised £506 for Leeds Mencap.
Jo, who organised the Hawaiian themed night, said she saw all the great work that Leeds Mencap did and how it helped her friend’s son Nile, that all the nursing staff wanted to give something back.
The girls charged £10 a ticket for the Hawaiian party, held a raffle and played party games.
Saffina, Niles’ mum was delighted when her colleagues suggested raising money for Leeds Mencap in this way, said: “Reflecting back, we as a family have grown so much and are now positive about the future thanks to Leeds Mencap.
“At the beginning I felt a dark cloud over me, being the mum to a boy with additional needs I had endless nights of worry about the future for my son. I felt isolated at mainstream play groups, but as soon as Nile started Hawthorn the dark cloud disappeared.
“It was also great that my friends from the Hawthorn Family Support Centre came to the evening as well.”
Research has shown that the period between 0-3 years is critical in shaping children’s life chances, based on evidence of brain formation, communication and language development.
A lack of early support and education can lead to these children having difficulty entering main stream education at an older age. Leeds Mencap’s Hawthorn Family Support centre is the only centre of its kind in Leeds and demand is high.
We provide the early support necessary to help children with learning disabilities achieve more and have better opportunities in their future life.
The centre also aims to develop a network of support that the parents/carers utilize in the coming years to help them cope with the pressures of having a child with a learning disability.