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 Squeals of delight as fair opens up 'another world' to 200 children

Thursday, August 25, 2011
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MORE than 200 children with disabilities got the chance to experience all the fun of the fair at Bramcote Hills Park.

The day of waltzers and dodgems was organised by Freemasons lodges in Edwalton, West Bridgford and Loughborough to thrill youngsters who might otherwise not be able to join in.

Eight-year-old Oliver Hickman-Slawson, who has Asperger's syndrome, said he was having a great day going on the rides.

He said: "The best one I've been on was the waltzers because it was great when they spun around really fast.

"But I want to go on all of them to see what they are like – and I'm looking forward to the food too."

His mum, Louise Hickman-Slawson, 46, of Kimberley, said that she was grateful to the Masons for organising the event.

She said: "It's just wonderful to see Oliver darting around and really enjoying himself.

"I don't think he would feel as at ease at somewhere like Goose Fair because of the crowds, so this is almost allowing him access to another world which he wouldn't usually experience. It's been a fantastic day and I hope they run something similar next year."

Tina McHargue from Indigo Kids, a Hucknall-based charity for children with autism, said the fair was perfect for the children.

She said: "It's a wonderful day out for the children and the rides have been slowed down a bit so they can still get the thrills without it being too daunting.

"It still feels like a real fair with the hot dog stalls and background music, so it's a great sensory experience for the youngsters."

Freemason Frank Noonam, said he was pleased to see so many people enjoying the fair.

He said: "It's brilliant we are able to give disabled children the experience of a fair without the stresses and packed atmosphere of a 'real' fair.

"The children seem to be having a great time on the rides and smiles from parents and carers are excellent to see.

"It's the second year we've run the fair and there are more children this year, which is great to see."



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Happykidsholidays is a non profit association aimed at supporting families with children and teenagers with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, who want to holiday in France. The association is registered with the French authorities.

Owners of the properties have a basic understanding of ASD and Aspergers syndrome and are committed to ensuring families have a good and relaxing holiday. There are a range homes, gites you have to check their website for all the information and facilities and the support offered.


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Haven Holidays. Family holidays that cater for disabled, but also are very helpful when it comes to kids with special needs and the "meltdown factor".

Recent experience of one autistic kid having a meltdown because the restaurant wasn't serving  yet!! The office staff allowed the child to be taken through a back entrance to the caravan side rather than through the noisy arcade (the required route). Then the restaurant staff kindly obliged by allowing take out food for the family, even though they don't do take out, it was wrapped in foil for them to eat back in the caravan without onlookers and allowing their son to calm away from the crowds.

Golden Sands in Mablethorpe was the Haven site in question but we're sure all the Haven sites would be just as helpful.

Doniford Bay, Sommerset a quiet small Haven site, very relaxing and welcoming.


Hotels in UK.


 Situated in Blackpool, a traditional family run hotel catering to disabled and special needs for 20 years. Over the years the group have noticed an increase in autism related customers.

They have recent had major staff training (2011) on Autistic Spectrum Disorder awareness course with many of their carers taking training to a further stage. The Bond group feel they are now able to offer short breaks with confidence to both their hotels.

The hotel also has chefs that prepare the food to special dietary requirements.

The group would like to work in partnership with groups so if you are interested check their website.





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