Friday, 23 December 2016

Thank you & Merry Christmas!

For the past 12 months, Little Hiccups has been taken under the wing of Strata Homes who have been fundraising for us. We are pleased and proud to announce that through their year-long hard slog of The Major Series, climbing mountains, jumping out if planes and the much nicer Bake Off, Go Karting and Bowling they have managed to raise us a massive

£90,557

Everyone at Little Hiccups is so overwhelmed and grateful for everyone that has raised money for us. This will truly help us to take Little Hiccups to another level. 

Thank you! 


Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Christmas Adventures



So December brought us back to Sundown Adventureland to kick off Christmas in style. Every year we make an annual trip here and each year is bigger and better than the one before. This year we again had over 100 people attending, many of whom have joined us year on year for this festive trip.

It was a cold but dry day. About as perfect weather-wise you can get for a December trip and all the families that attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves despite the cold. It must be said as well that the organisation and effort put in by Sundown has improved year on year and this year was by far the most efficient yet. All the Hiccups families met up for the Christmas ride around noon and for our annual group photo. The elves on the ride along with the Hiccups Directors helped with the wheelchairs which allowed every child the opportunity to ride the magic ride and to meet the Big Man himself at the end.

Sundown have also continued to expand the park and this year the Wooden Fort was completed after a period of renovation. There was a large castle with swings and seesaws that managed to entertain the children for some time. And I think one of the favourite things about Sundown are the lights that come on when dusk falls. It sets the Christmas atmosphere beautifully and is truly a wonderful start to the Christmas festivities.

"Thank you so much for organising this."

"Thanks Little Hiccups for such a wonderful day at Sundown. We really enjoyed it! Same again next year!"

"Thank you we have had a fantastic day!!"

"Thank you so much. We made lots of memories that will last forever xx"

"What a team! Thanks for looking after us today. X"

"Great day today as always even though I got us lost on the way!! Thanks to the Little Hiccups team for organising hope everyone had fun"

"Had a great day and the Santa ride was just beautiful - Emily did some brilliant looking at all the lights. Thanks little hiccups! Xxx"

"Thank you for a wonderful day!! Lots of fun as always."

"Lovely day at Sundown thanks for organising"



Website: http://www.sundownadventureland.co.uk



A more fun side of fundraising!

Molton Brown is a sensory experience that's actually disguised as a night of fundraising and it's becoming a firm annual fixture on our social calendar. Who, after all, can turn down a night of pampering? It really is VIP treatment - something that you would normally only see on TV. 

The experience of having a shop open exclusively for you just before Christmas and which allows 
you access to wander and sample all the delights of the Molton Brown products is truly wonderful. 

The Molton Brown store team are an excellent bunch who really do look after us. On the night we enjoyed drinks, nibbles and an arm massage. With the ticket price of only £20 we also received a voucher to use in store and a Goody Bag worth £20! It really is excellent value. I can't believe such a fun relaxing evening is actually fundraising. I'm never running 10k again if this is the way forward.


The total amount raised will be available soon! 

Sarah Stewart (Little Hiccups Chairperson)

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

I can't stop the feeling so just dance, dance, dance!

Hiccups Directors looking serious
At least once a year we try to book a private showing at The Showcase Cinema for our Little Hiccups families. every year it gets bigger and bigger as word spreads and this year was no exception. We had over 100 people wanting to come and the Showcase were more than happy to oblige!

This November we went back to the Showcase Cinema to see The Trolls which is a feel good story about friendship. With lots of singing as well of course! Which the children loved with many joining in. And why not! This is why these trips are so popular. We book the cinema just for Hiccups families so that everyone can relax and know that it doesn't matter if the child does not want to sit down for 2 hours straight. Or if they do want to join in the songs or yell out. To us - its all part of the experience. We also make it fully accessible. The lights are left on dim, the sound is reduced so its not quite as loud and we had subtitles for the hard of hearing. Audio description can also be used but wasn't needed in this instance. I had two families come up to me after and say this is the first time their child has been to the cinema - and THAT is why we do this. To give every child the opportunity to experience what they are entitled to and to create special memories.

This time, Little Hiccups also purchased snacks for everyone. Children has the Child's pack which included popcorn, a sweet and a drink whereas the adults were also treated to a drink and an adult sized popcorn. And I can confirm that the adults were very well behaved and there were no popcorn fights!

Thank you to the Showcase and we'll be back next year for more!
Queuing for snacks
 "A good time was had by all. Thanks."

"Had a great time thank you! Xx"

"Please pass our thanks to everyone who helped organise this. We had a great time and really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere. Thanks again."

"Thanks for today. Think Lyall enjoyed his first cinema experience. Xxxx"

"Thank you for this .Was lovely .My son Hamaad and family loved it xxxx"

"Had a fab time thank you xx"

"Thanks for a wonderful morning watching trolls xxx"


Website: http://www.showcasecinemas.co.uk

Little Hiccups is proud to announce that we are now a Registered Charity!



Little Hiccups is proud to announce that we are now a Registered Charity! Our official Charity Number is 1170147. 

We're very pleased with this news as its been a long hard slog to get here. Here's what our gaining this number can mean to you:

1) It gives us authenticity. We know that you know that all our money raised goes straight back into Little Hiccups and in particular the fun events that we hold ever month. But those people that have not yet heard of us might not know. With a Charity Registration we are required to report back to the Charity Commission - so everyone knows where the money goes.

2) We can apply for a lot more grants and different sources of funding. Due to the above reason, we now have access to a lot more funding streams - which means more fun for you guys in the future. Now is your opportunity to tell us what you've always wanted your children to have the opportunity to do and we'll see if we can make it possible! 

3) We are now eligible to register with organisations such as Google for Nonprofits, eBay for Charity and seethedifference.org

4) You lovely people can also help us fundraise. We've had so many kind offers from people who say that their work is willing to fundraise for us and it will be matched by the business to double the amount. BUT they will need a Charity Number....well  - now we have one! 

It truly is a fantastic opportunity for Little Hiccups and is a step towards our big plans for the future. We're really very excited about what 2017 is going to bring for us. And we couldn't do it without all you lovely people supporting us. Thank you! 



Tuesday, 15 November 2016

No mountain is too high for Little Hiccups

In October we went to tackle the ramps and hills of The Works Skatepark. In a private session of 20 children, Little Hiccups families were allowed to trial out stunt scooters, BMX's and skateboards. Or of course, if none of those took their fancy they could explore the smooth, wooden surfaces at their own rate and use the ramps as slides if they chose.

It was a massive success, with children enjoying it in the way that they found best. I saw children getting braver and braver as the session went on and the ones in wheelchairs taking on the ramps by themselves. It was truly a #NoLimits session and again our children showed us that they are fearless and ready to take on new challenges.

The staff at The Works were also fantastic - they were on hand at all times to guide and teach if needed. They have emailed since to say that they too enjoyed the session and have invited us back. I think we'll definitely be going!

The Works is also a Charity and works closely with schools, youth groups and extended services where our aim is to help get children back into exercise whilst having fun through learning or improving with different non-traditional sports.

Meanwhile, while the children were exploring downstairs, upstairs in the cafe area Little Hiccups held a Bake Sale to help raise funds for Cash for Kids and are proud to announce that we raised a very worthwhile £149.30. Plus of course, as an added bonus, we got to eat a lot of yummy cakes!

Cash for Kids is an extremely worthwhile Charity which responds to the needs of children in our communities so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential. Currently they are raising funds and advertising for Christmas Presents for Mission Christmas. They are asking people to buy an extra present that they can give to a disadvantaged local child to make their Christmas morning special.

As well as cake, Little Hiccups made sure that refreshments were also provided via the cafe. Many thanks to the staff there as well for making sure we were all fed and watered!

Leeds Law Firm Ison Harrison Supports Charity Ball


Our upcoming charity ball on Saturday 19th November is just around the corner and we’re really pleased to announce that our friends over at Ison Harrison Solicitors will be showing their full support for the event this year.

Ison Harrison is a well-established law firm with a head office in Leeds city centre and a further 9 offices in the local surrounding areas. The firm specialises in complex clinical negligence cases as well as offering a full service across family law, conveyancing and wills and probate.
With over 230 people expected to descend on the Leeds Marriot hotel this Saturday, Ison Harrison has booked 4 tables for the event and will be proudly taking part in what promises to be a great evening for a fantastic cause.

Supporting the event, Ison Harrison are attending alongside members of a leading Erb’s Palsy Group who offer treatment advice to families who have suffered birth traumas.

Ison Harrison has offered up some fantastic raffle prizes for the evening, including two X Factor tickets and a free mirror will provided by the firm’s expert wills and probate team.
Managing Partner at Ison Harrison, Jonathan Wearing, commented:

“We’re proud to be supporting the Little Hiccups charity ball this year and feel it is important to be able to create strong ties with such organizations and advice groups in the local area. Special needs and disabilities are still under-recognised in the UK and by working with local initiatives, we hope to change this.”


For more information, please visit www.isonharrison.co.uk

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Day We Flew


We did it! We really flew! And what an experience it was. Our dreams of flight became a reality and for those with mobility issues the opportunity to free the limbs and fly must have been truly amazing.

The instructors were fantastic. They were patient, clear and adapted to every child and parent that came through. And with 70 or so people attending, all with different needs and abilities, they certainly had their hands full that day! Some children didn't settle so well to begin with - the experience, after all, is a completely new one but the instructors were never phased. If two instructors were needed it was no problem. Or if a child needed a break they were given it. The patience and experience of the instructors really did shine through. It wasn't for everyone but the majority really loved it with a number booking their return visit on the same day. Most children and adults also have the High Fly a go - where they were taken up to the top of the tunnel by the instructors. And the faces of those that came out after certainly showed what fun that was!

It was clear from the feedback of our volunteer photographers that day just how much fun everyone was having. When asked if they wanted a break it was often declined with the comment that just watching these kids fly and seeing the expression on their faces was truly making their day. You can't ask for more than that!

We also provided a rolling buffet courtesy of in house cafe Salvi's Bar to feed the hungry flyers. We were given warm pasta and pizza and a variety of cold sandwiches to suit all tastes. And the food certainly went down a treat. A fact determined by how quickly it disappeared from the table.

It was truly magical experience and we'll certainly be back as soon as we can! Next stop...second star on the right and straight on till morning.


"Brilliant day, thank you! Absolutely brilliant, hope you manage to book again!!"
"OMG We can not thank you enough for this wonderful experience of fly such a fab day n so wonderful seeing everyone being able to experience it well done n thank you Little Hiccups"
"Thanks Little Hiccups, we had an ace time"


"AWESOME SKYDIVING! I am so proud of all of our Little Hiccups and especially my own little hero! They are truly inspiring. You all rocked it today#NoLimits xx"
"Had a fab time today at Airkix and it was amazing to do this kind of an event as a family and something we could all participate in. Thanks to Little Hiccups for yet another inclusive activity...you've put a big smile on Max's face yet again!"
"The kids haven't stopped talking about. It was brilliant - thank you so much for organising."
"Loved it ....so great for Freya to be flying free amazing experience for a wheelchair bound person am sure she felt fantastic she was all smiley afterwards I'm sure we'll be going again!!!thank you!!! Ps I loved it too something I'd not thought of trying but brilliant."

Website: www.airkix.com/plan/manchester.aspx


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Raising Funds at Swithens Farm!



Little Hiccups threw a Fundraising Summer Fair on Saturday August 6th at Swithens Farm in Rothwell. The sun deemed us worthy enough to visit us on that day and we couldn't have asked for better weather to be honest. The fair had free entry and Tractor Ted visited and providing an activity trail, bouncy animals, giant jigsaw and interactive storytelling. Not only that but there were bouncy castles, tractor rides, refreshments, a Fun Family dog show by Walkabout Hounds Ltd and over 20 stalls for people to peruse. I think a particular favourite amongst the children (certainly mine) was the Sand Art stall but the range of items on sale ranged from beauty goods to delicious cakes.

A fire truck was also popular with a stall next to it with children having to throw wet sponges at people hiding in the windows of a 'burning house'. Little Hiccups, of course, also had its own stall and we welcomed a few new families and raised awareness of who we are and what we do. And of course - who could forget the quad bikes that took children on rides around the field!

For Hiccups families (and some new ones!) the Sensory Fun Bus also visited us. The Sensory Fun Bus has been created to overcome barriers that prevent people from accessing a sensory room environment. From babies, individuals with sensory processing disorders or people who just enjoy a sensory room experience. They boast a great variety of features within The Sensory Fun Bus, which unlike many sensory rooms, can be adapted and customised depending upon your needs. We had a lot of very positive feedback from those that visited the bus and the activities that were held outside the bus such as the ball pool and foam were a massive hit also amongst all the children.

We had a lovely day and certainly hope to do it again!

Website: www.swithensfarm.co.uk / www.tractorted.co.uk / www.sensoryfunbus.co.uk

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

It's our 7th Birthday!



It's Little Hiccups 7th Birthday! Hard to believe that we have been going for 7 whole years and have come so far in so short a time. 7 years ago we used to turn up with a bag of toys and a jar of coffee - now we are celebrating in the glamorous settings of The Royal Armouries and hiring the fantastic Mimika to come and help us celebrate. 

Mimika is a two person Company formed in 1981. They believe that children deserve the best so their primary aim is to create beautifully crafted theatre that can effectively communicate with a wide variety of young audiences.Over 30 years the style, content and techniques have changed but there are two constants:-


  • The work is always non-verbal
  • The work is always accessible


They exploit the power of the visual image to both communicate with and move their audiences. The work is always gentle and highly original. Performances integrate movement, puppetry and unusual theatrical effects. They attempt to combine traditional and contemporary techniques to create an experience that is rich in content and detail. 

We organised three different showings throughout the day and as always at the Royal Armouries they put on a fantastic food spread including sandwiches and warm food such as sausages, fish nuggets and wedges and of course it is a birthday so we had a lovely birthday cake to enjoy! 



"Happy birthday Little Hiccups the kids and adults all had a wonderful day celebrating xxxx"

"Thanks for another lovely day. Thank you for letting us celebrate your birthday with you. The puppet show was awesome. It even managed to chill a very non chilled child for the rest of the day. So a very big thank you from me."


"We also had a good time watching a theatre group who used puppets to tell a story, at a birthday party for Little Hiccups. Nathan enjoyed the BIG orange fishes, and mummy enjoyed the food lol! 
No seriously though, we had a really good time, and the production was "so creative," in that the 2 puppeteers had made their own puppets, and set's and everything. They were really, really good! A worthwhile afternoon!
Happy Birthday Little Hiccups."

Friday, 24 June 2016

Little Hiccups June Event - LazerZone at Kirkstall!



So after being alerted to the fact that the LazerZone in Kirkstall, Leeds is fully accessible to wheelchairs we decided to book a party there to let our families join in the fun.

After going down for a preliminary visit we hired out two games for just Hiccups families and made a few more touches so that it was accessible to all of our children. We had no music in the game, the emergency lights were left on dim so it was not as dark and there was less smoke in the arena. The sound was also reduced in the briefing room and the lights left on in there. 

In all, on the day we had 33 players which consisted of children, parents and carers. But there were others involved that were not playing - parents went in to support their children and we had a couple of children that didn't play but wanted to appreciate the flashing light show that was available from the passing players!

And of course for after the games, we opted for the Party option - we couldn't leave people hungry. Pizza was available for everyone including those that had only come to supervise plus an open tab for teas and coffees for the hard-working parents who had earned a decent cuppa for following their child around in the arena.

There was lots of positive feedback after the event with lots of families saying they have never done this before with their child or that their child had never had the opportunity to play with other children in a LazerZone. It's sometimes takes me booking something like this that my children would consider a 'normal' activity to remind me that not everything is always accessible for various reasons. We had a few children who had sensory issues at this event and because it was so laid back they just took it in their stride. Parents were approaching me after to say they and their children had loved the session. And that is why we do what we do! Sometimes we try the extreme and sometimes it's just a case of bringing the everyday to our families but putting it in an environment where there is no pressure. 

And I have to add the staff were brilliant. They were so attentive to our needs. They took everything in their stride (including the order for 45 pizzas!) and kept asking if there was anything else they could do to help. I truly recommend this LazerZone if you are thinking of going!


"'Do you know, lazer zone is my favourite game?" from my boy who was adamant it was going to be too scary. Thankyou so much for today xxx"

"Fab time at lazer zone, thank you"


"We had a fantastic time, thank you so much"

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Little Hiccups May Event: Purple Party!





Little Hiccups visited the Blacksmith Arms pub in Grangemoor for a lovely party in May. For this event, we decided that it was time we gave something back to other charities so we went PURPLE to raise funds for Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain in which there is a tendency to have recurring seizures. There are over 40 different types of epilepsy, and it can affect anyone, at any age, from any walk of life.

An epileptic seizure results from a sudden electrical discharge in the brain that causes changes in sensation, behaviour or consciousness.

Seizures can take many forms because the brain is responsible for such a wide range of functions. Seizure symptoms depend on where in the brain this abnormal burst of electrical activity happens. As a result, there are many different types of seizures - most usually last from a few seconds to a few minutes and usually stop without any treatment.
It's a sad fact that:
  • In the UK 1,150 people died of epilepsy related causes in 2009. In England and Wales 10% or
  • 11% of those deaths are young adults or children under the age of 25.
Epilepsy is a condition that affects a lot of our young children in Little Hiccups so it is one that we felt would be particularly relevant. Little Hiccups will be donating the ticket sales to Epilepsy Youth and we are proud to announce that we raised a fabulous £101.94! Thank you everyone that attended. 

We also had CYP-Arts down to entertain the children - a job that they managed to do beautifully with their crafts and very helpful staff who obviously took delight in their work. The children made butterflies, jellyfish and sun catchers - all with a purple theme for our Purple party. The kids all enjoyed themselves and by the end of the session there were butterflies and jellyfish fluttering around the room!

Blacksmith Arms pub excelled themselves in their hospitality as well and the food that was laid out was fantastic. There were wraps, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, chips, marshmallows, ice-lollies. It was endless and truly delicious. I came away stuffed and very content. I recommend a visit if you are ever in the area!

Not only did we raise money for Epilepsy Youth on the day but we also held a raffle to raise money for Cash 4 Kids which raised a fantastic £42. Cash 4 Kids have always supported Little Hiccups in a many number of ways including providing our Christmas presents for the Christmas parties and purchasing one of our Kangoos for which we are eternally grateful. 

"Thank you so much for yesterday's fun times. THE PURPLE PARTY was awesome 👏👏👏👏👏"


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Little Hiccups April Event: Sensory Leeds


At Little Hiccups we love Sensory Leeds so much that we try to include it in our Family Fun Days at least once a year. We are always guaranteed a warm welcome and a fantastic time. Sensory Leeds believes that people with disabilities deserve more than just the essentials. That is why they are committed to providing the highest quality sensory experiences for their service users, unlike anything they can engage with at home, embracing the principles of learning and development through unstructured fun. They are a vibrant, safe and welcoming space for people with disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum.

Sensory Leeds have also had a renovation recently and now have a Rebound Therapy room which proved very popular with all the children and some of the adults! The main room is a sensory delight with a ball pool, hanging chairs, water bed and colourful lights and there was also a relaxing room for those that needed a break.

April's event was the culmination of our sensory music activities in our Stay n' Play sessions but was open to all. This year we had two sessions running from 11-1 and 2-4 with a tasty buffet laid out for all our visitors. Sol and Sarah were providing musical entertainment and the drums were particularly popular with the children and kept them all captivated.

It was a relaxed sessions where the children could play in the ball pool, grab a snack, have a bounce on the trampoline, chill with the lights or join in with the music. The parents had a chance to relax and meet each other and we welcomed a few new families.

"Thank you all at Little Hiccups for another wonderful event this was my 1st time at sensory Leeds Little Lady Ellie loved it & it was just made even better by The Music session.... She was well and truly exhausted & passed out on trip home. I will definitely use again a lot of my kiddies could benefit from it xxx"

Website: http://sensoryleeds.com/




Monday, 25 April 2016

Fundraising Football Tournament at Harrogate Town Football Ground






Due to the success of last year's event, Harrogate Football Ground and Stata contacted us to hold another this year to raise funds for Little Hiccups. This year's event is being run in conjunction with Football Mundial.

8 Corporate teams were invited to enter a team of 7 to play a 10 minute match against 4 professional teams from Leeds United, Arsenal, Sheffield Wednesday and last year's winners Doncaster Rovers and Trophy guest presenter on the day was Dennis Wise! Winners on the day were Sheffield Wednesday and a STAGGERING £5,890 was raised for Little Hiccups - we simply cannot thank everyone enough!

Little Hiccups families were also invited for a day of fun to watch the football and to join in our festivities. We asked Dozy Dave to come and entertain the children and entertain them he did! I've never seen such a captivated audience of children and parents. I even caught myself getting completely enthralled in a story that he was telling. Dozy Dave impressed us all with his skills as a magician, storyteller, by providing entertaining games and balloon shapes. He truly did a fantastic job. And I think he was only a little bit thrown when he asked my son (had to be mine!) if he knew any magic words and he replied "The tree fell down". Not to worry though - the other kids knew "Abracadabra"!

Not only did we have football and a magician but there was also a fantastic facepainter on the day as you can see from the photos. We had an army of superheroes and strange and wonderful creatures and fairies running around.

It truly was a fun day for all that came and the goodwill who were there to help raise funds for us of all the footballers was evident. You couldn't ask to meet  nicer people!

"Thanks very much guys. We really enjoyed the day, a very well organised event... thanks very much everyone who helped put it together."

"We had a fantastic day thank you xxx"

"Fantastic, we had a lovely day and Dozy Dave was brilliant. Thank you Strata"

Website: http://www.harrogatetownafc.com/


Monday, 29 February 2016

Little Hiccups February Event: Photoshoot at Leeds City Museum

This year as part of a Changing Faces exhibition in Leeds we were invited to Leeds City Museum to host a Photoshoot. Little Hiccups try to hold an annual Photoshoot anyway using X2 Photographers as they specialise in photos of children with additional needs. They have many years of experience and recognise the importance of making the session fun for the family but also relaxing so that the best possible photos are achieved. 16 families from Little Hiccups came along this year to take advantage of these fabulous photographers. As the Photoshoot this year was held in the Museum we had some extra fun. The museum very kindly allowed us to use some actual museum props in the photos - a favourite of which was the Roman shields and helmets and we got some pretty great shots with these!

Not only did the Museum allow us access to props there was also a room for waiting families to relax in where there were books to read, pictures to colour, crafts to make, and a personal favourite of my little helper for the day (my daughter) Play-doh to model. And of course, there was also the museum to explore before or after the sessions.
If you enjoyed your visit, Leeds City Museum are also asking part on Disabled Access Day on March 12th and will be offering a day of accessible exploration, with a sensory zone, museum object handling, tactile crafts and the chance to find out more about Leeds Museums and Galleries. You can find out more here

Families might also be interested in some of the Museum's Under 5's programme that is just starting. There is more infomation on our website here.

"Absolutely fantastic .... this will be the first time I have ever been able to have a professional picture of my two sons Rickie and James together.  The photographer was absolutely brilliant. Would highly rate and recommend the whole experience from the beginning to the end .... And thank you xxx"

“Just a quick one to say thanks for the brilliant photos. They are so good. I can't wait to get some up on the walls and give them to the grandparents." 


“Just wanted to drop you both a text to say how over the moon we are with these photos, you were both amazing and patient  with Darcy on Sunday and we just loved the experience. The photos are just awesome and we can't stop looking at them, can't thank you enough”

Monday, 8 February 2016

Little Hiccups - past, present and future

A few of you will remember the days back in 2009 when we used to turn up to Stay n’ Play events every fortnight in Headingley with a big bag of toys and tea and coffee. Since then we've grown somewhat. We now have approximately 150 registered families and have a large following on social media. As well as expanding our Stay n’ Play to include soft play at Swithens Farm and sensory sessions in Headingley we have also expanded into monthly Family Fun Days which are getting bigger and better all the time, an Outreach service, access to Max Cards and an annual Fundraising Ball. We've also had another major change...

So what is it?

Well...do you remember that we received two Kangoos and then it went all quiet? We haven't forgotten them and we haven't just been sitting on them. Here's what happened. The simple truth is that it turns out you guys were just amazing. We had estimated that it would take us a few years to fundraise the amount required to raise the necessary funds to purchase them. But then word got out. The conquerors raised fantastic amounts and the newspapers got a hold of our story. From there Cash for Kids at Radio Aire and a lovely man from Therma Casa heard about us too and they each DONATED us a Kangoo. This was just so heartwarming and amazing. But here's the thing...we were still a non-profit organisation. We had planned in the time it would take us to fundraise to become a legal entity so that we could safely hire out the Kangoos. The good news is that we are now a Company limited by Guarentee. This is an alternative type of corporation used primarily for non-profit organisations that require legal personality which is exactly what we needed to start hiring out the Kangoo as it protects Little Hiccups’ finances and the Trustees! And we are well on the way to becoming a Registered Charity.

So where are the Kangoos?

We had another problem. Time. Hiccups is run by a group of volunteers. Most of whom are parents who have children with additional needs themselves or who work full-time. And the year of fundraising did another thing. It raised our profile in Leeds and our rate of expansion grew exponentially. Events that used to have 12 people attend had grown to having over 100 people. Each event requires organising, advertising, booking, answering queries, finalising and sending out details then after collating the data, recording the accounts, sharing the photos and uploading to the site. And that's just a single event.

A few of you may know that I was self employed. My time on Hiccups was limited as I needed to earn a living. Every hour spent on Hiccups was an hour unpaid. Consequently, in November 2015 the Trustees made the decision to hire my company to run hiccups. This means I have more time to spend on Little Hiccups and to do what is needed. I've already made a start on all the necessary documents required to hire out Kangoos such as the Terms and Conditions, the booking out process, the Risk Assessments, etc. My plan is to have all these completed, checked and finalised by May 2016. Then we'll need some regular Hiccup families to volunteer to test the process and feedback any issues or suggestions. If you are interested in this please let me know by emailing me on info@littlehiccups.co.uk. Then they will be open to everyone!

What else is happening?

Lots! This year promises to be another big one. We're very excited to be Strata Homes Charity of 2016 which basically means the sky is the limit. We want to purchase another Kangoo so that we have one available in all sizes and we also want to provide Workshops for parents. Raising a child is a scary and exciting journey anyway. Raising a child with additional needs throws in a whole new set of factors that come with little or no guidance in how to manage them. Little Hiccups wants to change that. We want to be able to guide parents to help them learn what is available and what help and rights they have and they can receive on their journey. We want to let them know that they are not alone in this and exactly where they can go to get the support that they need.

We have other things planned too. I want to organise a Charity Fun Day during the Summer holidays and we have our annual Ball again this year (put it in your diary – November 19th!) AND we still have plans to fund a short break in cabins for several families.

Basically, watch this space!  I also want to take this opportunity to thank you for joining us in our travels. We couldn’t do it without you guys.

If you have any questions about the above or have any suggestions about where Little Hiccups can go in the future, please email me on info@littlehiccups.co.uk