The Yard Brings Christmas Home


26th November 2020

Disabled children across Dundee and Angus are in for a festive treat, as they await personalised videos and letters from the man himself!

In the absence of parties, The Yard invited the families it supports to sign up for a free personalised greeting from Santa, in the form of a hand-written letter or video, filmed within The Yard’s outdoor Solardome-turned-grotto!

The video also features ‘Signalong’, a key word sign-supported communication system based on British Sign Language used by people with additional speech, language and communication needs.

Although the deadline for videos has now passed, there is still a chance to sign up for a personalised letter in return for a donation to The Yard. By doing so, families will help support The Yard’s ongoing efforts to provide both in-person and online support for families across all three of its centres in Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy and Dundee.

So far, over 100 families have requested a video or letter, arriving through inboxes and letterboxes by mid-December.

Celine Sinclair, Chief Executive of The Yard added, “As we know, Christmas will be rather different this year but, whatever the circumstances, children should still be at the heart of the festive season. With restrictions on parties and Santa’s grotto visits, we’ve come up with a lovely treat for the children we support, creating wonderful personalised messages guaranteed to bring a smile to their faces, not-to-mention the families and friends sharing it with them.

“On a more serious note, it’s a great way for our community to support The Yard at the end of a particularly challenging year where our services and fundraising efforts continue to be impacted by the effects COVID-19. By taking part, you’re helping ensure that we are there for disabled children and their families as we welcome a new year and beyond.”

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