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Crawley student becomes ambassador for charitable trust

Mya Bambrick a 17 year old student from Thomas Bennett Community College has just proudly been appointed as an ambassador for the Cameron Bespolka Trust.

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The trust was set up in memory of Cameron, a teenager who loved nature and birds, but sadly died in a tragic accident.  It does this by inspiring young people to become engaged with nature, through events such as birdcamp, a weekend of birding and citizen surveys.

Becoming an ambassador of such a worthwhile cause means an awful lot to Mya who has been passionate about wildlife, especially birds, since she was just eight years old. 

Mya Bambrick

Mya said:

“I hope, as an ambassador, I can inspire the next generation to become fascinated by the natural world”.

Mya has big plans for the future and her ambition is to create wildlife friendly areas within schools, as well as continuing her role as council member at the Sussex Ornithological Society. 

She will start by working with Thomas Bennett Community College, where she is currently studying.  Where the school will work to create two wildlife areas, one in the schools courtyard and another near the school fields.  The aim is to have these set up by the end of the year and plant the areas with wildlife friendly flowers next Spring.

Thomas Bennett Community College are excited about this initiative and Headteacher, Stuart Smith said:

“We are really looking forward to working with Mya and setting up these wildlife areas at the college.  Mya is extremely passionate about her work and we are very proud of her achievement of becoming an ambassador for the Cameron Bespolka Trust.”

Mya’s dedication to wildlife is documented through her blog which can be found at www.myasbirdingblog.wordpress.com.  The blog features all of Mya’s thoughts and adventures in wildlife as well as some stunning photographs. 

For more information on the Cameron Bespolka Trust you can visit www.cameronbespolka.com.

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Crawley boy receives pioneering kit to help with his disabilities

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Eleven-year-old Theakston Lee-Watson is among the first recipients of innovative new equipment to provide disabled children with sensory activities in their own home.

Theakston, from Crawley in Sussex, received the equipment from Caudwell Children as part of a UK-first charity campaign to deliver sensory equipment and support to disabled children across the country.

The sensory pack will provide a range of therapeutic benefits for Theakston, who has autism and sensory processing disorder, helping him regulate his emotions and develop his motor skills. 

Theakston’s mum, Kitty Lee-Watson, has already noticed the benefits the equipment brings.

Kitty said:

“He has a lot of anxiety at the moment, I now have the sensory pack out on his bedroom floor so when he has a meltdown it’s easy to guide him to something or distract him. This has been a real help.

“Theakston’s favourite part of the Get Sensory pack is the Fibre Optic Light as it’s both visual and tactile. He likes touching the fibres.”

Caudwell Children has pledged to provide thousands of families with essential sensory equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic – with each family receiving a pack of appropriate and safe toys to support children living with a wide range of disabilities. 

Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children, said:

“Our Get Sensory Packs are designed to support children who are likely to benefit from sensory resources – it’s so encouraging to hear that Theakston is enjoying using the equipment and his family can see the benefits already.”

“We’ve committed to provide thousands of families with a pack, because we know it’s difficult to access resources at the moment.

“To deliver on that we’re now calling for anyone who can to make a difference to the life of a disabled child by donating to our Get Sensory Packs campaign – you can make a life-changing difference from just £5.”

Caudwell Children launched its Get Sensory Packs campaign following consultation with parents to find the most appropriate and safe sensory items – selected by the charity’s Occupational Therapists.

The packs include:

  • A Liquid Cell Timer,
  • Scented Bubbles,
  • A BoBo Massager,
  • Sissle Brush,
  • 4 Ball Massager,
  • Weighted Cushion,
  • Spikey Domes,
  • Space Blanket, and
  • A Fibre Optic Lamp.

Packs are available to children who have a confirmed disability or chronic illness. Families can apply directly to Caudwell Children for support, with the charity providing 80% of the cost of each pack.

Families will be asked to contribute 20% of the cost, which is £20, and to confirm their financial status and their child’s diagnosis. More information is available at getsensorypacks.com.

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