I have been involved in the disabled community for a while now and learnt a great deal about the struggles facing young people whilst working for a school in my local community with disabled children. One thing that particularly stood out to me was the lack of accessible activities available to families with disabled children during the school holidays.
Over time I got to know the parents of the children I worked with who shared with me some of the concerns they had surrounding difficulties with transportation and access to clubs and activities. This is particularly true due to all the funding cuts to transportation for the disabled community that have been happening over the last ten years.
I ran after school art classes, which were a hit, and it was a joy to oversee creative classes that brought a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction to the children I worked with as well as helping their parents.
I approached the House of Illustration in the hope that I could run a similar event at their headquarters in Kings Cross. I was inspired by the accessibility for wheelchair users of the offices, and was thrilled when they agreed to collaborate with me in holding an event of activities for the children to access the arts.
I am now raising money to hold this event in the new year via Just Giving. It will be a day of activities led by professional artists and illustrators at Illustration HQ in Granary Square Kings Cross.
If you can donate to this cause, even a small amount, it would go a very long way in providing a great deal of happiness to some of the children with disabilities in London. We will be using the money not only to pay for Sign Language interpreters for children from the local deaf schools, but also to provide transportation which will help families access the event.
If you are unable to donate then please help us by spreading the word via Twitter or Facebook to your social network using @sarahundart in your post.
The donation page can be found here: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/sarahunderwood
Thank you for your help.