Wake up, get dressed, eat, out the door. Simple? Not always. For some families, it can take so much more. #InTheirShoes focuses on an average day for some of our families, from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night.

Jack is nine and lives with his mum Catherine and two siblings Oliver and Maisie. Jack’s birth was quite traumatic for both him and mum. Catherine told us: “The umbilical cord was twisted around his neck twice as he was delivered. His skin was black because he had been starved of oxygen.

 Finally, he managed to breathe on his own, if it had been seconds later he wouldn’t have made it.

“As a result, Jack has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, as well as abnormal arm movements and spasticity in his legs, which requires a lot of physio. He has a feeding tube, and a tube in his nose which allows him to breathe properly. He also has seizures.”

Watch here to view a day in Jack’s shoes.

Right now, there are over 300,000 disabled children living in poverty in the UK. We know that it costs three times more to raise a disabled or seriously ill child due to specialist equipment, hospital stays or additional household items. On top of the extra costs, parents often have to leave work to care for their child full time.

Family Fund provides families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people with grants for essential practical support that is crucial to families and helps increase their quality of life.Family Fund also provides families with digital skills training to help remove some of the barriers they face online and provide extra information to help families access the additional support they need to improve their quality of life.

£5 could help families access specialised support and information.

£10 could provide clean bedding or clothes to a child with incontinence.

£20 could help towards a child and their family during an unplanned, emergency hospital visit.

£40 could help towards a fridge, for children like Jack, to store his much needed medication and food.

You can make that difference today, help a child like Jack.


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