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Inverness ball kicks off Highland charity’s work

By Val Sweeney

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A NEW charity to help Highland children with additional support needs access specialist therapies raised £10,492 at its first major fundraising event.

A total of 160 guests went to the All That Glitters Ball in aid of Dream, Believe, Achieve Highland (DBAH) at the Mercure Hotel in Inverness.

It was set up by Inverness parents Steph and Kris Douglas who wanted to help children with additional needs after seeing the progress made by their son Sam through therapies such as intense physio and hippotherapy. Friends and family set up the Step Up For Sam campaign to help fund the four-year-old’s sessions which are not available on the NHS.

DBAH, which received official charity status last month, aims to enable other children to access similar specialist support.

“When Sam was born we felt like we were living on the moon in terms of accessibility to specialist therapies – most experts live in the south of England,” Mrs Douglas said. “Thanks to Sam’s campaign we were able to bring some therapists up to the Highlands, and other families have started to benefit from this.’

“Dream, Believe, Achieve Highland will give grants to help fund therapy for other children.”

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