For World Book Day 2019, we are thrilled to have collaborated with a group of organisations led by disabled children’s charity, Family Fund, to create a video using Makaton sign language of The Snail and the Whale, written by former children’s laureate Julia Donaldson..
York-based Family Fund, which supports families raising disabled or seriously ill children, has teamed up with The Makaton Charity, Wouldn’t Change a Thing, and the two of us, to create the video especially for World Book Day.
This engaging video features signing by over 30 families with disabled children, Makaton Charity Patrons and much-loved children’s TV stars Justin Fletcher and Dave Benson Phillips, as well as staff from each of the organisations.
Family Fund is the UK’s largest grant-making charity for families raising disabled or seriously-ill children and provided 88,407 grants and services worth over £33 million to families across the country last year, including helping 6,844 families across Yorkshire and Humber.
Chief Executive of Family Fund, Cheryl Ward said: “Family Fund is here to make a practical difference to the lives of disabled children so we’re celebrating World Book Day with something that’s accessible and fully enjoyable for all.
“Raising a disabled or seriously ill child can often mean that families need extra support. This is why we provide grants for families on low incomes for items or experiences which will help improve everyday life for them and their child, whether that’s a new bed, sensory equipment or short break.
“We are delighted to produce this uplifting film with Makaton, Wouldn’t Change a Thing and Singing Hands, and hope it brings smiles to the faces of as many children as possible.”
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