Isobel is a good friend of SNAPS who is often looking for ways in which she can help and raise money. After a playing a game with her Grandad she hit upon a great idea. This is what Isobel told us:
A few weeks ago I was staying with my grandparents when Grandpa and I were playing a game at the dinner table to see who could stay silent longer. I won and then decided that being silent for 12 hours would probably do me some good as I am quite chatty and then I thought that I could also raise money for SNAPS at the same time. Nobody quite believed that I could do it, but that didn’t deter me and I asked friends and family for sponsorship.
I thought it would be easy to stay silent for a whole twelve hours, but I was wrong. It was extremely hard, especially with everyone talking around me and by the time it got to 8pm I was so relieved to be able to speak (and sing) again! I take talking and being able to express my emotions for granted and it gave me a little idea of how difficult it is for some children to communicate. I had to write or use sign language all the time, and I couldn’t usually write fast enough (and it made my hands hurt). Fortunately, my Grandma had taught me a few sign words when I was little so I knew how to ask for biscuits and juice and say please and thank you, so the essentials were covered!
I raised £234 and want to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored me particularly Uncle David.
We used some of the money to buy books for the children at SNAPS which I was especially pleased about as I love reading almost as much as I love singing and talking…!
Isobel Leaver, aged 11 and 1/2
Well done and thank you, Isobel.
SNAPS relies on donations to keep our doors open. If you could do something similar to raise vital funds for us we would really appreciate it! Please contact Sam at email@example.com