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Energy for Children provides support for Adam.

A Newtownabbey family have recently been boosted by funding from the Energy for Children Charitable Trust. Adam Thompson (9) has autism and other sensory related difficulties which can mean he often struggles to find comfort.
Adam's mum, Gillian Thompson, applied for funding in the hope that the Energy for Children Charitable Trust could offer her family some support.


Adam's successful application has allowed the family to purchase a range of specialised equipment which helps make everyday life that little bit easier. The roller-board in particular has helped him to develop his upper-body strength while weighted items mean Adam feels much more secure at night and can now get a good night's sleep.


Speaking about the funding from the Energy for Children Charitable trust, Gillian Thompson commented:


"The help from Energy for Children has been fantastic for Adam and the whole family. The funding enabled us to purchase specialised equipment and toys which have helped Adam manage his sensory difficulties and improved his sleep. It's great that he can also have fun with toys specially designed for children living with autism."


Local natural gas installer Raymond McKnight from Hillview Plumbing and Heating recently visited Adam and his family to see how he was finding the new equipment. He said:


"It was great to see first-hand how Adam and his parents are benefiting from the sensory equipment. The positive impact on the whole family's life is obvious and the local gas industry is delighted to have been able to help in this way".


Phoenix covers all administration costs associated with the Energy for Children Charitable Trust so that every penny raised goes directly to local disadvantaged children and to date the charity has helped over 6,000 kids.


Pictured (L-R) Raymond McKnight from Hillview Plumbing & Heating, Mark, Gillian, Katie and Adam Thompson

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