IMG 0211Pictured: Student Eden Seyoum (seated on the floor next to the wheelchair).

Uxbridge College students played a supporting role at a weekend for families living with the genetic disorder Ataxia-Telangiectasia or A-T
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The group of 11 Health & Social Care students looked after children age two-16 years, and helped them make the most of activities including arts and crafts workshops, a fun session with live animals, and computer games. The students were from first and second year Level 3 courses.

The annual event, held this year at the Park Inn Heathrow, is run by the A-T Society and also includes talks and workshops updating people on the latest research and treatment for the condition.

Sue Walmsley, Uxbridge College Work Experience Co-ordinator, said: “The weekend is a major event in the annual calendar of the Society, the children who suffer from the disease, and their families. The contribution of enthusiastic and committed volunteers is essential to its success, and it was lovely to have 1st and 2nd Year H&SC students display these qualities, and be willing to give their time and energy
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“The event proved to be a great success and it was fantastic to receive very positive feedback on the participation of all the students involved. Health and Social Care training at Uxbridge College is designed to ensure the highest professional standards and it is wonderful to see our students using their skills so effectively in the community.”

Kay Atkins, Family Support Officer for the A-T Society, said: “It was wonderful to have students from Uxbridge College come along to our event and help with the children. The children had a fantastic time as did the students, although I am sure they were exhausted at the end of it! Thank you to all involved.”

A-T is a rare, degenerative disease which causes severe disability (affecting their balance/coordination, a weak immune system and possible cancers) and leads to premature death; currently there is no cure and only limited treatment options

* For more information about AT and the support available please see www.atsociety.org.uk