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Can you help a disabled child?

PUBLISHED: 15:30 21 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:33 03 March 2010

CAN you give a little time and make a big difference to the life of a disabled child or young person?

That is the question being asked by Suffolk County Council's Link Scheme

during National Share the Care Week which starts on Monday and runs until September 30.

CAN you give a little time and make a big difference to the life of a disabled child or young person?

That is the question being asked by Suffolk County Council's Link Scheme

during National Share the Care Week which starts on Monday and runs until September 30.

The Link Scheme, which provides short breaks for children and young people with disabilities, is looking for more people to become Link carers.

Link carers are people of all ages and backgrounds who regularly share their time with a disabled child or young person. The time they spend can be anything from a few hours enjoying an activity together, to an overnight stay.

The children and young people are given the chance to meet new people, widen their experience and have fun while their parents and families have a break from caring.

Bryony Rudkin, a member of the County Council's Executive Committee, said: "I believe more people would become Link carers if they knew they were needed and realised how rewarding it can be.

"At the moment there are about 100 Suffolk children and young people waiting for the right Link carers to come forward and offer their time and energy, and our Link Scheme would love to hear from them."

Suffolk Council Council's Link Scheme is celebrating the success of its 300 Link carers who regularly care for a total of 400 disabled children and young people living in their local communities.

Lucy Byford from Bury St Edmunds said: "Our family have been involved with Link since 1985.

"During that time we have had a total of six links with children and young people aged from 2 to 21 years. We enjoy seeing our friends progressing and moving on in their lives.

"Our present link child has been with us for four years now. Her beaming smile and infectious giggle have won her a place in the hearts of our family and friends.

"Looking back I'm glad we became involved with Link. It has given us lots of pleasure over

the years and I'm proud to see my family taking part."

n If you would like to find out more, please contact the Link scheme on 01473 583601 (24 hour answerphone) or 01473 583656.

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