Charity boss visits Kenilworth disability service on Christmas Day

Sir Tony Hawkhead
Sir Tony Hawkhead

The boss of charity Action for Children visited Kenilworth on Christmas Day to meet children and staff at one of the charity’s services.

Sir Tony Hawkhead visited Warwickshire Disability in Rouncil Lane, a bungalow which provides a ‘home from home’ for children with severe learning disabilities.

Along with meeting staff members, Sir Tony met two boys with autism, Owen and Seth. They both decided to stay at the bungalow during Christmas because they struggle to cope with the change in routine.

Sir Tony said: “It was fantastic to see the dedication of our staff and I was proud to hear of how we work closely with families and professionals in meeting the complex and varied needs of the children and young people in our care.”

As well as providing short breaks for children and young people, the Action for Children service allows their families to have a break from their caring responsibilities and spend time with their other children.

Sir Tony added: “By providing fun, inclusive and flexible support, our children, young people and their families are able to live the lives they want – which is particularly important at this time of year.”

Owen’s grandmother, Maureen, said: “Warwickshire Disability is a lifeline for our family – I’m not sure we would manage without it.

“The team in Kenilworth are amazing and life without them would be very hard. With their support we can enjoy Christmas safe in the knowledge Owen is happy and well looked after.”