15-year-old Saichon lives in County Armagh with her parents and her three siblings. She loves listening to music, watching cartoons on her iPad, and enjoys going to the park, especially the swings. Recently, Family Fund helped Saichon’s family with a grant for a set of swings for the garden.

Saichon has quadriplegic cerebral palsy, which affects her limbs but also impacts on her swallowing. She has epilepsy, and complex learning difficulties. Her mum, Vivien told us, “Previously Saichon was living in an orphanage in Thailand. It was obviously a big decision, as we have three other children, but we decided to adopt her in 2006. We need to spend more time with Saichon than we have with the other children, because her needs are so much greater.”

“Every time we take Saichon to the park, the first thing she wants to go on is the nest swing. She could happily lie in it for hours! Swinging gives her great sensory feedback and she really enjoys it. We got her two swings with the grant, a nest swing like the one she loves at the park, and also an upright swing. We were surprised to find that now we’ve got them at home she prefers the upright swing.

"It’s been great because it means we don’t have to travel in order for Saichon to be able to fulfil her sensory needs. Every day when she comes back from school, she’s pointing to the garden because she wants to go out in the swing – it’s great that we’re now able to do that from home. When she’s on the swings she’s absolutely in her element.”

“Without the grant it’s unlikely that we would have been able to afford the swings, and they’ve made such a difference. Saichon absolutely loves them – even when it’s raining we nip out quickly into the garden! If other families in a similar position were thinking of applying, I would tell them to apply as it’s helped our family so much, it’s helped Saichon and importantly it’s made her so much happier.”