Footsteps step-up to raise funds for Crackerjacks
Footsteps are proud supporters of Crackerjacks charity. Sharing similar values, Crackerjacks Children’s Trust believes that every child, whatever their needs, has the right to participate fully in their community and to have the same choices, opportunities and experiences as other children, to make local friends, and to access, play, leisure and recreational facilities.
On the 24th April, Footsteps held a fundraising pyjama day as just one of the planned annual activities in support of this worthwhile cause. Both children and parents enjoyed a morning off getting dressed at the same time as raising vital funds to support local communities.
It costs on average twice as much to raise a child with impairment as a non-disabled child. The main areas of additional expenditure are transport, toiletries, bedding, food, replacing damaged household items, special toys and equipment. Disabled children and their families suffer from social exclusion often as a result of a combination of linked problems, including poverty, segregation, discrimination and inadequate provision of support services.
Of all families in the UK who care for disabled children, 30 percent either are or have been living in poverty. A fifth of families with disabled children are also reported to be living in cold, damp housing in poor repair. Crackerjacks were established to help relieve the stress and strains in life that coping with a children’s disability can cause.
For more information on how to support the great work carried out by Crackerjacks visit www.crackerjacks.org.uk