How We Came to Be
Magic Moments for Autistic Kids was founded in February 2002. It was the idea of the chairperson, Pat Ebbs, who was disheartened by the lack of local funding and support, as she has grandchildren with autism and aspergers Syndrome. The charity attained registered charity status on 3rd September 2002. The aim of Magic Moments is to raise money to fund holidays, short breaks, day trips and recreational activities for autistic Kids, their families and carers in North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. Magic Moments is also there to offer support to all families and allow the siblings of autistic children to, for a short period, have a taste of a ‘normal’ childhood. In addition to providing “Magic Moments“ for the children, It also improves their self esteem within the group and helps inject some sunshine into the very limited world of an autistic child.
How We Achieve the Things We Do
In order to achieve all of our aspirations, we rely heavily on two main things; our members and our fundraisers. We work together to draw attention to the charity and to raise awareness of autism and aspergers syndrome. We often hold events with an aim of raising awareness and raising funds to support the running of our charity. The support of our community is crucial, with events regularly planned to supplement the cafe and charity shop that are open Tuesday to Saturday every week.
Our Vision for the Future
We moved into the current Magic Moments home on Market Hill, Scunthorpe in 2014 after a year of building work. It is of great benefit to all the kids and their families. We have a sensory room, a library, a computer area and a craft area. As well as everything we aim to do for the kids every day, week, month and year we also have a big vision for the future. We aim to have a respite centre with overnight accommodation for 3 kids. As we are all aware how valuable a little bit of respite can be to the kids, their parents and their siblings. This has been our goal at Magic Moments since we were established back in 2002.
As well as the accommodation, we would like a purpose built sensory room due to the popularity of the one we have now. We would love to complement the room with a sensory garden within the grounds of the new building, with the possibility of adding a swimming pool in the future.
Some people would think this to be impossible, but look at what our kids have achieved! They are a perfect example of everything being possible. With your continued help and support we believe this dream can become a reality!