I got an email yesterday with some fantastic news that I wanted to share with you. Extra Special Parents is now a registered charity.
Extra Special Parents is the support and signposting organisation that Graham and I set up 3 years ago for parents and carers of children with additional needs. It has an online forum for parents and carers to chat, share information and to get info on various benefits and other sources of help. We set it up because Willow was born with Imperforate Anus in 2004 and we wanted to talk to other parents who knew what we were talking about. Although we had friends and family they didn't really understand the condition or what it entailed. We thought that if we felt so isolated then there were bound to be other parents and carers out there who felt the same.
We didn't want to exclude parents who may feel the same by restricting the website to one condition, so it now caters for all additional needs from allergies and food intolerences right through to terminal illnesses and everything in between. We have information on a huge range of conditions, as well as holding details of specialist charities and organisations that support individual conditions. There is also information on applying for benefits and other sources of financial and practical help.
Now that we have had our application for charitable status accepted we can register with HMRC to enable us to claim the tax back on donations from tax-payers and it also opens more doors for us for fundraising.
Our charity number is SC040185