#BigCheerUp for Amaze
Need cheering up? Love funny videos?
Amaze is hugely excited to be launching #BigCheerUp with some of the UK’s best-loved comedy names, to support our Amaz-ing community of children with special educational needs and disabilities. Take a look at our launch video by the fabulous Angela Barnes who also happens to be an Amaze patron.
Over the coming weeks, as we adjust to life in the lockdown, Angela will be joined by the likes of James Acaster, Joe Lycett, Joe Wilkinson, Richard Herring and more – all of whom will be recording and sending us jokes, stories and other silly stuff to keep all our spirits up in these difficult times. We will share them via Facebook: facebook.com/AmazeinSussex, Instagram @amazesussex and Twitter @AmazeSussex
And we really hope you’ll get involved too. Just film yourself telling a joke, funny story or anything silly (PG only!) on your mobile phone and post it on social media with the tags #bigcheerup @amazesussex
Children with disabilities are particularly vulnerable at this time, so please donate here if you can: www.justgiving/bigcheerup/donate. Your donations will help fund an extra emergency helpline and setting up online groups and befriending sessions for young people with additional needs and their parents and carers
Why do we need #BIGCheerUp?
Whilst all of us are struggling to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, children with additional needs and disabilities are particularly vulnerable.
Many have underlying medical conditions which mean they are more at risk of complications from the virus.
Children with conditions like autism or ADHD may find self-isolating incredibly difficult due to their behavioural needs or social and communication issues.
And disabled young people and their parents and carers are having to deal with high levels of stress and anxiety not just about the virus itself but the reduction in access to support services like respite care.
Amaze needs to keep fundraising so we can keep supporting our families throughout this crisis, at a time when other funding streams are reducing.
A big thank you
We want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to all the comedians who are giving their support to #BigCheerUp. Many of them have already supported us during the last ten years as part of our annual fundraising comedy night The BIG CHEER for Amaze.