Southend SEND group raises funds for cancer victims

Southend SEND Parents group took part in a sponsored gaming marathon to support people living with cancer.

The group supports nearly 500 families and parents from Southend that have children with Special educational needs and disabilities.

Freddie, Maxx, Reid and Archie collectively raised a total of £1000 for Macmillan Cancer Support doing a 24 hour gaming challenge on Saturday.

Maggie Cleary said: “For our SEND kids gaming is a way to be social and helps to regulates their emotions. It also Improves co-ordination and problem-solving skills, enhances memory, attention and concentration.

“It is a great source of learning and improves the brain’s speed, helps with multitasking skills and can boost social skills.

“One of boys, who has a diagnosis of ASD and electronic addiction, and the mother refuses to allow this to be a negative to his future and this has become a skill that will only further benefit his future.”

Bex Lindsay who arranged this event said: “Our young people from Southend SEND parents have come together to put their special interest to use for this challenge. We wanted to embrace some positives and raise some money for those affected by cancer.

Archie, pictured here, said ‘taking part in the gaming challenge has made me feel like I’m not invisible and I’ve been noticed for doing something good.”


Mick Ferris

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