A project which aims to make families with disabled children feel welcome, accepted and loved regardless of their condition, has won a coveted national award in recognition of its work.
Messy Church SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), which is run from Adeyfield Free Church in Hemel Hempstead, has been named as a Community Project Award winner and will receive prize money of £2,000.
The project draws people from a wide catchment area around Adeyfield Free Church. The families that attend have children with a wide range of disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, learning disabilities and those on the Autistic spectrum.
The Rev Peter Blackband said: “I am really pleased for the people who had the original vision for this – for Trish and for Tim, I see this award as an affirmation of their work in really including disabled children, children with special needs and their whole families, and bringing the love of God to them. That affirmation is wonderful.”
A representative from the project said the £2,000 prize money will be used to purchase additional equipment to help the children’s learning.