Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund has donated £750 to buy sensory equipment for the West Midlands outreach service of childrens’ charity bibic.
bibic is a small national charity based in Bridgwater, Somerset, that benefits children (aged 6 months to 18 years) who have a wide range of conditions including traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, attention deficits hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia , dyspraxia and other neurological and genetic conditions. bibic developmental therapists devise a therapy programme based on the initial assessment which is taught to the whole family to continue at home. Regular assessments take place and progress is measured for as long as the family need it.
bibic provide a national outreach service and mobile clinics in the West Midlands, South West and Wales. It costs £3,000 for each family and child to reach their potential and as an independent charity, with no core funding, bibic only ask parents and carers to contribute just 30% of these costs, therefore they are dependent on the generosity of trusts and foundations such as Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund to help fund the remaining costs.
The Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund made a donation of £750 which enables bibic to fund 14 items of sensory equipment. Parents and carers need to purchase their own sensory equipment for their children and because items are expensive, bibic were keen to have a range of equipment available within their West Midlands outreach service so that they can sample the items to see that they are suitable and to verify sizes or weights etc before purchasing them.
Kylie Holdback who is the bibic Outreach Therapist in the West Midlands said “ she is delighted with the equipment, what a wonderful difference it will make to the children I work with”.