Lydia is an 11-year-old girl, who has been self-isolating with her family in Aylesbury since lockdown measures were announced. She was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2019 and has found lockdown very tough.
“Lydia’s ASD presents itself in anxiety, friendship issues and social skills, but she is very kind and has a nice heart. Lockdown has made her very anxious and feeling very trapped,” says Lydia’s mother, Lisa.
Lydia, who has been singing and dancing from an early age, had been looking forward to an upcoming live musical performance she was due to give at a local theatre. Unfortunately the performance was cancelled, due to the social distancing measures. She is currently practising with her theatre group virtually, but misses seeing her friends and going to school.
She says: “I do love going on stage with my friends – just singing and dancing to the songs. I just miss all of it.”
Knowing how much Lydia enjoys singing, a member of her local church – Berrysfield Church – wanted to give her the opportunity to perform for the church members via Zoom. Lydia was very excited and really wanted to do more with this opportunity, so she has decided to raise money for the international children’s charity, World Vision UK COVID-19 Response.
Though she is grateful for all that the NHS and other key workers are doing in the UK, she also considered the struggles of people in poor countries around the world due to the pandemic.
“We have the NHS here, which has been amazing, but they [the children living in poverty] don’t have the medicine that they need. I feel so bad for little children who could lose everything from it, and it’s upsetting for me,” she says.
So far, Lydia has raised £355 for World Vision UK and is very thankful to everyone who has donated.
Her mother is extremely proud of her, and overjoyed by her amazing gesture. Despite the challenge of lockdown, Lydia’s condition has been improving over this period, thanks to support from her local community, her friends and family, and her dog, Chico.
If you would like to donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lydialive