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Sheffield children's charity launch appeal to raise funds for new home

Amy's House are appealing for support in funding a move to a new, permanent home
Amy's House are appealing for support in funding a move to a new, permanent home
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A local charity, which provides specialist respite care for children with special needs and their families, are appealing for support to raise money needed to find a new permanent home.

Amy's House are currently borrowing space at Oasis Academy Don Valley, but are being moved out in September, as the building will be in full use by students and staff.

Amy's House are appealing for support in funding a move to a new, permanent home. Pictured are Cassandra Jarvis and Max Giles, six.

Amy's House are appealing for support in funding a move to a new, permanent home. Pictured are Cassandra Jarvis and Max Giles, six.

They have now launched an appeal asking for help in raising £10,000 which is needed in order to find, rent, move into and renovate a new space.

This will then enable them to grow and give the children room to run about, play and socialise.

The charity gives the children, aged between 5 and 18 years old, the chance to play, laugh and learn through education and exercise in a fun and safe environment, which many miss out on during the week due to the requirement for specialist individual care.

They also provide respite for families and carers in and around South Yorkshire, giving them a well earned break and some time to concentrate on siblings who may not receive as much focus during the week.

Amy's House are appealing for support in funding a move to a new, permanent home. Pictured are Abbie and Charlotte, Diaper, 15.

Amy's House are appealing for support in funding a move to a new, permanent home. Pictured are Abbie and Charlotte, Diaper, 15.

It is also the only facility of it's kind in Sheffield, splitting their time between an office in Handsworth and the larger Oasis Academy space.

And since the service began around 10 years ago, the charity have moved from place to place in order to provide more space for the children.

Their facilities at the moment include a multi-sensory room, a multi-purpose function room, soft play area, an indoor and a large outdoor play area with specialist equipment, but they hope to expand if the funds are raised.

Amy's House have been very frank about their financial struggles, and they currently do not employ any full-time staff, instead relying on the generosity of volunteers, fundraisers and businesses.

Amy's House are appealing for help to find a new permanent hope, which will allow them to support more children and families

Amy's House are appealing for help to find a new permanent hope, which will allow them to support more children and families

Liam Seward, a worker for Amy's House said: "Every month we worry. We have no backup, because the charity costs so much to run. The money we do get goes on wages for the staff and rent, with very little left over at the end of the month."

He says that the charity are now looking for a more permanent building, which they can call their own: "We want to sign a lease so we know that we are secure.

"We want a place we can decorate, paint beautifully, and make it safe. Then it would be ours.

"We will then be able to expand with more facilities and offer more family support. We have around 60 families at the moment and we are pushed to the limit."

Currently, they offer respite care every Saturday, during school holidays and any additional hours that parents may need such as teacher training days.

The funds would ease money worries in terms of rent, so they could then focus on helping more families in Sheffield and Rotherham.

"If we got the funds it would be a lifesaver, and it would be the biggest thing to happen to us," he said.

You can donate to the appeal via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/amyshouse or for more information on Amy's House visit: www.amyshouse.org.uk