Lusso Tan x Mencap #Take15minutes

Mar 05, 2020Lynsey Bennett
Lusso Tan Co Founder Lynsey Bennett visiting the Mencap Children's Centre in Belfast

Last Wednesday, 26th Feb, I visited the Mencap Childrens Centre in Belfast. They provide a unique specialist learning environment for children, and support and advice to families which ensures your child is cared for and supported to learn and play in a therapeutic environment, so he/she can develop skills and achieve goals that would take much longer to establish without specialist expertise and support.

As a family we are not unaware how life changing assistance from an organisation like Mencap can be to daily routine. My brother was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and the support our whole family received when we were growing up was invaluable.

During my visit I got to meet just some of the incredible Mummy’s that attend the Mencap Childrens Centre, including Claire & the adorable Odhran.

Here is Claire’s story: 

"Odhran is a sociable, fun and mischievous boy, who loves playing football and hide and seek with his three older sisters. Odhran was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome after he was born, when some complications were noticed with his breathing, heart and swallowing.  Last year, Odhran, attended the Mencap Children’s Centre in Belfast, a unique learning environment for children with a learning disability, autism and global developmental delay, which is run in partnership with the Belfast Health Trust.

He is in a mainstream nursery now as a result of how much he benefitted from his time in the children’s centre.  Odhran’s development came on leaps and bounds because of the support from Mencap.  Not only did it bring out his amazing character, but his social skills and communication has improved so much. His speech is coming on brilliantly and along with using Makaton, Odhran can now communicate with everyone.  The staff at the centre work so hard to bring out the best in our children, to reach their full potential.  As a result, Odhran will hopefully go on to mainstream primary school as well.

Odhran’s now three and a half years years old and is an amazing little boy who brings joy and happiness to everyone he meets.  I’m so glad he had the opportunity to attend Mencap, as now I feel we will always have the support from them; we have gained forever friends.”

After the success of the original Lusso Tan Bathbomb we are so delighted to pay it forward with 47p donated from the sale of each Limited Edition Summer Meadow Bath Bomb. They will make ideal Mother’s Day gifts for friends and family and are available here for £.8.50​.

You can help support this campaign by sharing your #Take15minutes selfies across social media, tagging @lussotan & nominating others to do the same.

Further donations to Mencap can be made by texting ‘LUSSO’ to 70660 to donate £5.

(£5 plus network charge. Mencap receives 100% of your donation. Request bill payers permission. Customer care 028 9069 1351 Charity No 222377.

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