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Children who attend Ashtree Children's Centre in Castleford have appeared in the KIDS charity national calender.'Hayley Picken with her daughters Elliemai and Olivia.'p6844a144
Children who attend Ashtree Children's Centre in Castleford have appeared in the KIDS charity national calender.'Hayley Picken with her daughters Elliemai and Olivia.'p6844a144
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A CALENDAR featuring disabled children and their carers was launched in Castleford last week to raise cash for charity.

Ackworth two-year-old Olivia Mears – who has bilateral cerebral palsy – and her sister Elliemai, three, feature in the calendar and attended the launch, at Castleford’s Ash Tree Children’s Centre.

Money raised from the sale of the calendars will go to the charity KIDS, which supports disabled children and their families.

Mum Hayley Picken, of Charlestown, said: “I think the calendar will raise awareness of all different sorts of disabilities, we want people to see that these are just happy, normal children at the centre of it.

“I have received great support from KIDS when I’ve gone to appointments and needed a bit more information about Olivia’s condition.”

Olivia has also been nominated as an Express Champion Child for the courage she has shown. Miss Picken said her daughter, who is also sister to six-year-old Bayley, became ill more easily than most children and the condition meant she was regularly in and out of hospital for tests and treatment. She said: “She has come through it really well, she is always smiling. She brightens up our lives.”

The calendars, priced £5, are available at the charity’s Ebay store at www.ebay.co.uk or by calling Wakefield Council’s WeSail children’s service on 01924 379015.