Staffordshire first ever disability road show being launched later this month.
The first of its kind, "Equipped for Life" aims to provide a life-line for families who have disabled youngsters and are struggling to get the advice and support they desperately need.
Taking place at The Moat House, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday, August 25th, a number of top UK disability specialists will be offering free support and advice for families with disabled children.
"Equipped for Life" will also have demonstrations of some of the most high-tech equipment on offer to help with a range of medical conditions, as well as everyday items which help provide basic care for disabled youngsters.
Stoke-based Charity, Caudwell Children, are behind the event after being made aware of the struggles families face accessing the right information and support.
Steve Jackson, Family Support Project Manager at Caudwell Children, said "We are very excited to be able to offer this event to families across the region for the very first time.
Our Family Support team work closely with families across the region and they face a huge struggle to get the information they need to help a child.
Getting the relevant advice and guidance can be a minefield when dealing with disability and often very overwhelming for those involved, so getting the correct support at the right time is crucial.
It is estimated there are around 600 families in Staffordshire who could benefit from this road show and we hope to help encourage those caring for disabled children by showing them that help and support is on hand.
By bringing this event to Stoke, we hope to make a real breakthrough for those dealing with disability in the region."
More than twenty stands will be taken up by a range of providers including innovative equipment providers Theraplay who specialize is fun equipment for those with special needs, Symmetrikit who offer supportive seating solutions and Smile Rehab Ltd, one of the UK 's leading specialists in the manufacture and supply of mobility, communication and respiratory devices.
Advice will also be on hand from a number of specialists who work in the disability field to help signpost carers to relevant support available from charities.
Dawn Rollason from Meir has an Eight-year-old son with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. She understands the barriers families face accessing information and getting the right support, she said "This is going to be an amazing event for all disabled children, with an outstanding amount of equipment under one roof.
This will be a brilliant way of finding out more about what is available for our children and how Caudwell Children and other providers can really help you.
I would urge anyone caring for a disabled child to take advantage of this event as you will be amazed at what there is out there for our kids."
A host of entertainment will also take place at the venue to amuse the children from including circus skills, balloon modelers, face painting and art sessions.
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive Officer for Caudwell Children, said "This is set to be a fantastic event for the region where we can showcase what we do as a Charity whilst getting those who are in need of help the crucial support they need.
On average families who have a child with a disability need at least three pieces of often costly equipment to provide basic care. By bringing providers and suppliers together in one venue, we hope families will take advantage of being able to access these services efficiently so more time can be spent enjoying time as a family."
Caudwell Children is committed to changing the lives of children by providing individual donations of specialist equipment, treatment and therapy as well as its annual 'Destination Dreams' holiday for families coping with a child's terminal illness.
About Caudwell Children:
To date Caudwell Children has donated over £12 million to thousands of children with 300 medical conditions. The Charity is committed to changing the lives of children by providing individual donations of specialist equipment, treatment and therapy as well as its annual 'Destination Dreams' holiday for families coping with a child's terminal illness.
Caudwell Children was registered in March 2000 and is widely recognized as one of the country's fastest growing children's charities. Since its inception the charity has doubled every pound raised, achieved through supplier partnerships, which means every pound donated works even harder.
The Charity was founded by entrepreneur, John Caudwell, whose vision was to create a sustainable children's charity that offered benefactors' transparency and peace of mind that 100% of their donation was being used to directly change children's lives.
By donating the cost of the Charity's annual management and administration overheads, John has guaranteed an efficient way for individuals and businesses to change the lives of thousands of sick and disabled children living in the UK.
John Caudwell remains the Charity's largest benefactor and sits as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The Charity's ambassadors include Hollywood actress and author, Joan Collins, actress Elizabeth Hurley, Rod and Penny Stewart, Bruce Forsyth and singer, Robbie Williams.