This month Phyllis, the Diverse Abilities founder, turns 100 years old.
If it was not for Phyllis, what would life have been like for hundreds of children and adults with disabilities in Dorset? A life in an institution or hospital away from the family, not knowing how long they will live and what sort of life they will have…
Just imagine having a child and being told “there is no other option but to send them away.”
This happened to Phyllis and her husband when their daughter Marilyn was born in 1950s England.
But thankfully, because of Phyllis’ incredible courage, unfailing energy, unwavering belief and sheer persistence that there must be a better way, a charity emerged that Dorset can be proud of: Diverse Abilities.
Thanks to Phyllis, families have been kept together as thousands and thousands of children and adults with disabilities have been cared for and given the support and services they needed to fulfil their potential – just like anyone else. Over the past 62 years, the charity’s services have grown to support over 2,000 children and adults with disabilities, and their families, in the county.
We would like to honour Phyllis’ special occasion and thank her for setting up this special charity by asking our supporters to donate £100 for her 100th birthday as a gift to Diverse Abilities.
For more details https://diverseabilities.org.uk/phyllis/
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