First Christmas for Dream Catchers

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A CARNOUSTIE child support group is celebrating its first Christmas party today (Friday).

Carnoustie Dream Catchers is a parent and child group aimed at families with children with additional needs, and today the children will be enjoying party games and carol singing.

According to Averil Hirsch, one of the founders, there has been an excellent response to the group, with around a dozen children at each session.

Dream Catchers has also enjoyed a bit of a windfall recently from a number of sources.

Averil explained: “We’ve had lots of funding. Just in the last week there were cheques for £160, Junior Citizen of the Year Robert Ritchie kindly donated £100 and the Co-op gave £460.

“The For Carnoustie donation we used for all the soft play equipment and the kids love it. That ball pool is amazingly popular every week.

“We’re going to sit down in January with the parents and see what they would like us to do with the money.

“We hope to do two or three outings in the summer holidays. We’ll put that to the parents and maybe arrange to go to the zoo or Blair Drummond safari park.”

Averil believes the group has helped the children, none more so than her own twins Ayley and Chloe, who earlier this year underwent an operation to correct the effects of cerebral palsy.

She said: “The kids are enjoying it. It’s a group where they can come along and let their hair down.

“Ayley and Chloe benefit hugely from it. It’s something they can go to and be normal rather than being reluctant to go to things because there’s not enough support for them.”