LUPS help families across the area

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Community fundraiser Tammy Kent talks about how LUPS is helping families in Gosport

They raised £50 for Marie Curie and Shandrika and David Day raised £131.15 for Autism Hampshire.

Hayley Hood’s daughterEmily has autism and was born 27 weeks premature.

She also has hydrocephalus, cerebal palsy, epilepsy, chronic lung disease and severe learning difficulties.

Her mum Hayley is a passionate mum and always wants the best for Emily, who is now 12.

When Emily was younger, Hayley found it really hard to find somewhere to take her young daughter because she found it hard to cope in busy places, so adventure parks were out.

When Emily was six someone told Hayley about the Let Us Play Scheme, which is a small group of mums who had found the same issues with their own children.

LUPS started in Bridgemary School nearly 30 years ago with just eight children.

Now they help over 60 families from Gosport and the surrounding areas with children with physical and behavioural difficulties between two and 19 years of age.

Hayley is the secretary of the group now and is working hard to keep on top of things for everyone.

It can cost £100 per child per day for the one-to-one care they require, as well as food and all insurances, yet the parents are charged just £13 per day.

They have a few fundraising events coming up, including monthly quiz nights at Artys at The Coach House, in Fareham Road, Gosport every second Sunday of the month.

It costs £2 per person to enter and there will be a cash prize and a pick-a-prize raffle with prizes including a 7-inch Tablet, £20 cash and even a kebab or a packet of crisps.

There is also the LUPS summer campagne ball which will be held at Bridgemary Community College on Saturday, August 1 from 7pm.

Tickets are still available and priced at £32.50 which includes a three-course meal.

There is also a fun casino, photo booth, DJ, lucky dip raffle, an auction and a few surprises for all on the night.

Call Hayley on 07803559312 for more information or for tickets.