EACH are appealing for help in Peterborough.
We recently added EACH Help at Home to its service, an initiative that sees families linked with a caring individual who can provide practical support with everyday tasks such as cleaning, ironing, gardening and playing with children.
One of the first families to benefit from our Help at Home were the Gandertons, from Peterborough. Hannah and Michael’s five-year-old daughter, Iona, has an encephalocele. A rare congenital type of neural tube defect, it means part of the brain grows outside the head. As a result, Iona suffers from hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain, and epilepsy.
The care needs of Iona mean the family sometimes fall behind on simple, but essential chores such as cooking, laundry, paperwork and washing up.
That situation greatly improved, though, after the family started receiving volunteer support.
There is currently an urgent need for volunteers in the Peterborough area as families are waiting to receive that little bit of support that would make such a difference to their lives.
Agnes Toth, Volunteer Co-ordinator, says: “We’ve a number of families in the Peterborough area who’d really like help with cleaning, ironing, shopping and supporting children to do their homework. We know even a couple of hours of help a fortnight makes a huge difference to the families and lifts a little bit of weight off their shoulders. Unfortunately, though, we don’t have enough volunteers in Peterborough at the moment, so families are having to wait for this much-needed support.”
Anyone interested in supporting a family can find out more by getting in touch with Agnes on 07889 251385 or at firstname.lastname@example.org