Freddie is seven years old and lives in Ipswich.  “Freddie is still being diagnosed,” explains mum, Helen.  “He is borderline autistic, but he also has attachment issues. They are still trying to work out an official diagnosis though.”

“Freddie is under the Education Team at school, and has suffered quite a trauma recently after witnessing his dad be hit by a car. He has been through the wars, so doing something special for Freddie was quite important.”

“I knew he wanted something in the garden, a den or something, but I wouldn’t be able to afford it. I was told that Family Fund might be able to help me, so I rang and explained what I wanted, and they directed me to Atlantic Trampoline’s website. We found the den that we wanted on the website, and it has been perfect for him.”

“Now he knows that the den is his safe place, and that he can go in there if he is angry or frustrated. It is his private space. Obviously he has got his own bedroom, but he likes being outdoors, so now he can go out and take himself into the den. It has been a real benefit to him.”

“We wouldn’t have been able to afford it without the help of Family Fund, and if we ever could have, it would have taken us a long time to save up for it. We took Freddie on holiday, and that used up all of our savings. Thanks to Family Fund, the playhouse arrived just in time for his birthday, which made it extra special.”

“I would tell people thinking to apply to definitely give it a go. The people at Family Fund are very helpful and very kind. It is an exceptional service that is offered to children who need something that we can’t always afford to give them.”