02 Jun Help Flynn get a good night’s sleep
Young mums are no stranger to a lack of sleep but Kimberley Fox knows this more than most.
Her son Flynn Ridley was recently diagnosed with autism and suffers from horrendous night terrors and sleepless nights.
But the three-year-old is a ball of energy throughout the rest of the day – barely stopping to take a breath.
Single mum Kimberley said: “He never stays still for very long. He just won’t sit down, he likes to be up and running. It’s exhausting and I definitely don’t need to go to the gym.”
Despite her suspicions since Flynn was two years old Kimberley, of Ryhope, Sunderland, struggled on.
She added: “It took just over a year to get it confirmed.
“His main issue is his speech and communication. He can’t really get any words out clearly and it’s really frustrating for him.
“Sleep is also a really big issue. I never get any sleep because he doesn’t.”
But despite his struggles in everyday life, Flynn, who attends St Paul’s Nursery in Ryhope, is happy and smiley just like any other child.
“He’s very sociable,” 30-year-old Kimberley said. “But he also likes to do his own thing.”
Flynn goes to a sensory room close to his home and his mum says it’s a godsend for him.
Kimberley would love some sensory equipment for her beloved little boy’s bedroom to make life easier for the whole family.
But it doesn’t come cheap.
The equipment, which would make a massive difference for them, comes in at close to £460 which is out of reach for full-time carer Kimberley and her family.
So Flynn was hand-picked by the Sunshine Fund to be one of ten children to benefit from the donations to their Go Bananas campaign.
The charity hopes to raise £60,000 in June to buy specialist equipment for all of the children.
She said: “We’ve asked for a bubble tube bed and a net with twinkly lights in to hopefully help him sleep.
“I’m hoping to make his bedroom a bit like a sensory room as when he goes to his play group, he absolutely loves the bubble tube bed. It really calms him down.
“He’s prone to night terrors and it would be great for everybody if that could be stopped.
“The prices all start at around £400 and when you’ve got everything else to fork out for it’s just really difficult.
“It would be so lovely because my goal is to make his bedroom as calm as possible for him.
“It’s important especially with him starting school in September.”