Safe Space for Oskar campaign, to help Norwich tot, gains momentum in Norfolk

Jackie Hollings and her 2-year-old son Oskar having fun in Eaton Park. Photo : Steve Adams

Jackie Hollings and her 2-year-old son Oskar having fun in Eaton Park. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

A fundraising campaign to provide a safe play area for a toddler from Norwich is gaining momentum.

Jackie Hollings and her 2-year-old son Oskar having fun in Eaton Park. Photo : Steve Adams

Jackie Hollings and her 2-year-old son Oskar having fun in Eaton Park. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Following a comedy club evening put on by University of East Anglia students, Jackie Hollings, mother of two-year-old Oskar, has thanked those who supported their cause.

Oskar is suspected as having autism spectrum disorder and will be diagnosed after his next birthday. He is also believed to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, difficulties with sensory processing and dyspraxia.

Unable to be left alone as he has no sense of danger, Miss Hollings, of Highlands Road, appealed for help to build a safe area for Oskar, who has outgrown his playpen.

Safespaces is a company which specialises in providing safe, living and sleeping spaces for people with special needs and fitters from the company have already assessed his needs.

The comedy night, organised by UEA comedy society Headlights, raised more than £200 for the project.

Miss Hollings said: 'The comedy night was a great success. I laughed so much I cried. I wanted to say a massive, jaw-aching, side-splitting thank you to all involved in performing, organising and helping.

Most Read

'Once I have raised the necessary money, I am hoping to use the template to help other mums and dads locally, and to find and fund vital equipment for their children. This would mean eventually registering as a charity.'

She also thanked the Black Sheep Cricket Club, for its donation of £500.

Miss Hollings needs to raise £3,500 to buy a Voyager area and a calming projector set.

Visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/safespaceforoskar.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter