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Meet the real-life elasti-boy with a rare condition that leaves him

extremely bendy and in painlittle-boy-with-spiderman-facepaint – Here’s how bibic helped Wilson

and his mum…

Wilson was just 10 years old when his mum, Julie-Anne,  first approached bibic for support.  Julie-Anne, suspected that Wilson had  Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which affects the body’s connective tissue, and Autism Spectrum Disorder,  a neurological condition that can cause significant social, communication and behavioural challenges.  Wilson also struggled with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, anger, disruptive behaviour and had not been attending school.

Wilson came to bibic with a diagnosis of hypermobility. Reflecting back on Wilson’s diagnosis at just four years old, Julie-Anne said: “I didn’t know what to think, I didn’t even know what it was. I noticed his legs bent backwards and weren’t straight. We now say it’s his special superpower. He is so good about it, even though it often leaves him in pain. Some days it’s that bad, he can’t even walk up the stairs.

As another uncertain winter approaches and anxiety over whether schools and wider services will remain open, we see the direct impact of that on children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities every single day.

Families are in desperate need and demand for our services has increased by over 150% in 2021.

Our featured child in this special Christmas appeal, Wilson, gives an insight into what it is like for a child during these uncertain times and what bibic can do to help. We have now invested in training two additional therapists, with the sole intention of helping as many children as we can in 2022 and beyond.

We want to do more to help more children like Wilson. A donation, however big or small, helps provide a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable in our society. We can’t imagine that you will give a more important gift this festive season.

Donations are welcome here or by phone on 01458 253344.

With huge thanks and best wishes for the festive season on behalf of all the families we have helped and those we will help in the future.

               

Thank you from Wilson, Julie-Anne and all of the bibic team

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