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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

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Jamie has one thing to say to all who helped... thank you

A DELIGHTED family has received an iPad to boost their daughter’s education following a successful appeal.

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delighted: Jamie Young with her new iPad

Lorraine and Dean Young, from Egremont, called on locals to donate unwanted mobile phones so they could buy an iPad for their daughter Jamie, who has high-functioning autism and dyspraxia.

Nine-year-old Jamie, who is home schooled, struggles with communicating and becomes frustrated when she cannot express herself, but with the help of the iPad has seen huge improvements.

Lorraine said: “We would like to thank everyone in our local community, we had an amazing response and it just goes to show what a lovely area we live in.”

The scheme, run by autism charity, Hearts & Minds Challenge, enables families to exchange old mobiles for iPads.

“Jamie now has an iPad Air based on the kindness of strangers.

“Friends, family and Cumbria Police donated and collection points at The Whitehaven News and Beech House Surgery also helped.

“Grahams Garage, Egremont, helped by being a drop-off point and a lady in Warrington and her friends and family collected well in excess of 50 phones.

“It will mean so much for Jamie. We have downloaded an app that we can create social stories, that would normally cause anxiety, to help her understand.

“She has sensory issues and we have downloaded lots of sensory apps which are fantastic but the main thing I think the iPad will help with and this is Jamie’s own words – ‘it will give me independence and self confidence’.

“The iPad will help with schooling too, with apps for almost every subject. We have only had it just over a week so I am sure we will find so many more things along the way.

“I can’t thank Hearts & Minds enough for giving us this opportunity.”

Lorraine and her family are still keen to help others who are using the appeal and will continue collecting any old mobile phones.

Anyone who would like to donate unwanted phones can contact Lorraine on lorraineyoung82@gmail.com or 07813590339 or they can be dropped off at The Whitehaven News office, 148 Queen Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7AZ.

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Fantastic support from everyone making a little girl happy. Well done everyone

Posted by Helen on 16 January 2014 at 14:37

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