Gift brings a smile to Elliot’s face

Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club president, Graham Haddington with four-year-old-Elliot Swindell, his mum Sarah, brother, Oliver and sister, Jessica. The bubble mirror presented by the Lions is designed for children, like Elliot with sensory problems.
Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club president, Graham Haddington with four-year-old-Elliot Swindell, his mum Sarah, brother, Oliver and sister, Jessica. The bubble mirror presented by the Lions is designed for children, like Elliot with sensory problems.
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Little Elliot Swindell couldn’t say thank you when members of a charitable organisation gave him a special sensory mirror.

He didn’t need to – his face was more than enough to show he was delighted with Lancaster and Morecambe Lions’ gift.

Four-year-old Elliot has severe autism, developmental delay and hyper mobility. He is unable to communicate through speech and has a range of sensory problems. His understanding of the world is of a 12 to 18 month old baby.

The bubble mirror is made up of a number of small convex mirrors giving a range of different multiple reflections. It is designed to attract and interest children, like, Elliot with sensory and similar problems.

His mother, Sarah Alderson, of Pennine View, Morecambe, said: “We can’t thank the Lions enough for giving Elliot his mirror.

“It has a calming effect on his otherwise erratic behaviour patterns.

“Elliot only sleeps for about five hours at night which can be difficult for the rest of the family. The mirror will help in the night to occupy him when he is awake.”

Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club president, Graham Haddington, said: “The look on Elliot’s face and of his family made all our work worthwhile.”