A children’s charity is calling on the people of Lancashire to think of it this Christmas.
Legacy Rainbow House in Mawdesley, near Chorley, needs to raise £720,000 for its yearly running costs.
The charity aims to change the lives of children through its conductive education services which challenge children with disabilities to overcome their physical restrictions by equipping them with the skills they need to live more independent lives and increase their aspirations to achieve.
Safaa Master, five, from Ribbleton, Preston, who has been attending Legacy Rainbow House for three years, is just one of the children to have experienced life changing improvements in her physical abilities and independence.
At only 11 months old Safaa suffered from neuroblastoma, a rare kind of cancer which affects fewer than 100 children in the UK each year, most under the age of five.
Neuroblastoma is a cancer of specialised nerve cells called neural crest cells which are involved in the development of the nervous system and other tissues.
This then developed into the extremely rare condition Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome a neurological disorder which affects as few as one in 10,000,000 people per year.
Before attending The Legacy, at age two, Safaa was unable to stand or walk, could not speak and was unable to eat and had to be fed by tube.
Safaa’s mum, Halima said: “She was a very distressed child.
“She cried a lot and got angry and was really poor sleeper.
“Since starting at The Legacy, Safaa has changed remarkably.
“Physically she is so much more mobile, she can stand and take wobbly steps and she is able to talk.
“She is also able to eat a little and sleeps so much better.
“Safaa is like a different child.
“She has had chemotherapy for nearly three years and this has really helped her condition.
“Although she still has bad days as well as good, she is becoming a much more sociable and happy child.
“She has learnt to make friends and interact with new people whilst she’s a The Legacy and really enjoys the Conductive Education sessions.
“She has even started attending The Legacy’s residential courses by herself which is amazing for her confidence and independence.”
Louise Sumner, Director of Services at The Legacy Rainbow House added: “Safaa is a wonderful example for the benefits of Conductive Education.
“She is developing and improving all the time, becoming more independent, confident and sociable.”
Legacy Rainbow House is looking to the local community and businesses to support its work in 2015 and into the future.
The charity currently supports over 120 children with disabilities and brain injuries from Lancashire and the North West.
To support the charity Text: ABLE14 £5 (or any other amount) to 70070.
For more information on how to support the charity to raise £720,000 please visit www.thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com.