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How twins went from no birthday cards to hundreds in a year 28 Oct 2018 11:56 #10726

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The birthdays of Alfie and Arthur are now celebrated as well as those of other children
Each birthday could be the last for twins Alfie and Arthur - which left their mother determined to make them all special.

But Emma Louise Lowe was heartbroken when they received no cards other than from her and their siblings.

However, when the twins, who have Down's Syndrome, turned five, hundreds of birthday cards arrived in the post.

It is because a Welsh charity appealed for the twins to be sent cards to make them feel "extra special".

Since then, thousands have been sent to children who may otherwise receive none by a Church Village charity.

Follow Your Dreams set up the Birthday Smiles initiative 18 months ago and has helped make birthdays extra special for 84 children in the past year.

"Every birthday when they received one or two cards, it broke my heart," explained Ms Lowe, from Preston.

She described people "gradually moving away from you" as you bring up disabled children and "you feel like you're on your own".

"When a child has a disability or so many medical needs, reaching a birthday is a milestone," she added.

"I want to make every year I have with them extra special."

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