Family fun day celebrates children's disability service
Families enjoyed a fun day celebrating 10 years of a children's disability service at the Bonus Arena today.
MP Alan Johnson launched the event, celebrating 10 years of the council's Leisure and Freetime Support Service (LAFSS), which runs a variety of groups, clubs and activities for children and young people with disabilities aged from four to 18 years.
With everything from wheelchair basketball to face and nail painting, the celebration was also designed to show families the variety of services for children with disabilities available in the city.
Paul and Faye Wade visited with their eight-year-old daughter Kissy, who is a full-time wheelchair user.
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Having been inspired by the paralympics, Kissy has just signed up for swimming lessons and got the chance to try basketball for the first time at the event.
Faye, of Howden, said with a big grin: "Kissy has been inspired - we are aiming for 2020. We are not sure what in yet but she is going to give it a go.
"Everyone here has been lovely and have brought her into it straight away."
A number of groups attended the event, including Hull's Children Centres, KIDS, Playaction and Downright Special.
Mr Hoggle Doggle, a local charity that accepts toys donated by the public and distributes them free of charge to Yorkshire children suffering deprivation, disability and illness, gave a toy to every young visitor on the day.
Michael Jameson, Senior Care Officer for the Children's Disability Services organised the event, added: "As well as celebrating the work of everyone at LAFSS we also wanted to give people information about the wide range of help and advice for children with disabilities and their parents, carers and friends.
"There are probably a lot of families that we don't reach that we should and events like this may just help get through to people."
For more information please call LAFSS on 01482 715155