New support group for disabled children and families in Castleford

Nicola Harper with Cameron and his sister Kacey and father Paul
Nicola Harper with Cameron and his sister Kacey and father Paul
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THE mother of a seven-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer from Castleford was today set to launch a support group for children with disabilities and their families.

Nicola Harper, of Whitwood, says she wants the ‘Appy Familiz’ group to be sociable and fun for children while giving their parents the chance to meet other families and share experiences.

Children up to 16-years-old and their families are being invited to the group’s launch event from 4pm to 6pm today at community centre The Hut on Kershaw Avenue, Airedale.

The group plans to meet at The Hut from 4pm to 6pm every Friday.

Mrs Harper said she wanted to give something back to the Castleford community for the help and support shown to her son Cameron.

Cameron is currently waiting for a date for specialist Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery (SDR) at Leeds General Infirmary, which is set to help him walk for the first time.

Mrs Harper said: “It’s a chance for parents to let off steam, share experiences and chat with other parents in similar positions. When Cameron was younger there was nowhere for him to go and have fun and socialise. We want this group to be somewhere kids can go and make friends and for parents to get involved in activities in a safe environment.”

The new group will provide entertainment for children including bowling, arts and crafts, games, cooking, karaoke, fancy dress, computers and minibus hire for day trips.

Mrs Harper’s friend Gemma Synnott, whose daughter Morgan, 13, suffers from cerebral palsy, is helping with the ‘Appy Familiz’ group along with Gemma’s sister Amy Brain.

Mrs Harper said she is hoping Cameron will undergo the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery at Leeds General Infirmary in January or February. She added: “Cameron is really excited, he can’t wait.” For more details, go to ‘Appy Familiz’ on Facebook.

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