Everybody loves cake whether it's chocolate, lemon or Victoria sponge. What’s yours? Personally I am partial to a slice of lemon cake. So the all important question is going to be do you want tea or coffee with your cake?

On February 11th 2016 Family Fund are organising a Great Family Fund Tea Party involving people across the country. We are raising funds so that Family Fund can help even more families across the UK.

Family Fund, even though they are funded by UK government, private donations etc still need and rely on the great fundraising efforts made by countless people. The Great Family Fund Tea Party is just one way that you could help at home or at work. 

Firstly what is Family Fund I hear you say.... well it’s an organisation that:

  • Since 1973 has helped thousands of families who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child 
  • One of the UK's biggest charities
  • Providing grants for items that could benefit families like washing machines, bedding, clothing, sensory toys, family breaks
  • By providing a wealth of information to families on other help and services that are/could be available to them locally, regionally or nationally

Families who raise a disabled child have many challenges. Some more so than others. We juggle hospital appointments; pay for childcare or after school/breakfast clubs so that we can make appointment times on time. Those of us who work have to sometimes take unpaid days off to attend appointments. We as parents administer medication; we care for our children as a parent and as a carer. 

Family Fund was introduced to us two years ago by our sensory support teacher of the deaf. At the time we were struggling emotionally as a family with a lot of ups and downs. Family Fund has a wealth of information but most of all as a family we have benefitted immensely from this amazing charity. We were lucky enough this year to be one of the 72,000 families that Family Fund helped. We needed a new bigger washing machine. Due to mediation at night-time our daughter has nights of wet bedding. Our old machine was not coping and we had to sometimes go elsewhere to get the quilts washed. A new larger washing machine which we can fit a singled sized quilt into wash has been a god send. 

I along with countless others will be hosting my very own Great Family Fund Tea Party at home with friends and family.... So raise your cuppa and eat your cake and donate. Join us in helping to make a difference.

Leanne 

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Mum, carer, holistic therapist and blogger