Family expresses thanks to Worthing’s Baby Buddy charity

W48583H12  BUDYS DROP IN CENTRE PIC S.G. 26.11.2012  The New Buddys Drop in Centre at Camelia Botnar Childrens Centre  Liz and Luke Randall at the centre
W48583H12 BUDYS DROP IN CENTRE PIC S.G. 26.11.2012 The New Buddys Drop in Centre at Camelia Botnar Childrens Centre Liz and Luke Randall at the centre

A family recently returned from Australia with a young disabled son has expressed thanks to a children’s charity for providing support and helping find furnishings in their quest for a new home.

Liz Randall expresed her gratitude to the Worthing-based Baby Buddy group, which assists families who have youngsters with learning difficulties and has just launched a new drop in service at the Camilia Botnar Centre in Wellesley Avenue.

“We are still living with friends in Steyning and though I’m a secondary school teacher I have not been able to work as my boy Luke is tube fed and needs 24 hour care. But Baby Buddy has been amazing at helping us and I’ve made life long friends with them as a result of their assistance.

They put a message out on its site about us and we’ve gained a sofa, TV and furniture,” said Liz, who despite being top of the council housing list remains unable to find suitable accommodation in the area.

She explained she had first met founder of Baby Buddy, Lorraine Harman, at the Camelia Botnar Centre, where Lorraine take her son Diego, who has downs syndrome.

It was through making use of its facilities that the idea of adding to Baby Buddy’s existing drop in care service began earlier this year at Buddy’s Cafe in South Farm Road this year, was put in motion.

As Lorraine’s daughter Chelsea revealed, it has proved an immensely rewarding venture. “We started out as a charity in 2012, inspired by my brother Diego.

“We’ve had so much support from people including former mayor Ann Barlow and everyone in Worthing has been amazing to us.

“It’s also been amazing to see people come in to our drop ins and really relax. Every month we have a woman who does baby massage and also have a sing signing event for children which really helps those who have learning difficulties.

“At the moment we are trying to raise £50,000 for a caravan with a sensory room and shower facilities which will allow families somewhere to stay, as at the moment if people have children with disabilities, it can cost them hundreds of pounds just in travel insurance, so it will make a big difference.”

- If anyone can help with finding a property for the Randall

family in the Steyning area, contact 07926483007