NHS bosses wake up to sleep problems

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NHS bosses are ploughing cash into helping Doncaster youngsters get to sleep at night.

The Children’s Sleep Charity, which was set up by a woman from Tickhill, has been funded by NHS Doncaster and Doncaster Council to provide sleep clinics and workshops to support families to get a better night’s sleep following a pilot project in March.

The charity says it is estimated that around 40 per cent of children will suffer with sleep issues at some point during their childhood with this figure rising to 86 per cent for children with special needs.

Vicki Dawson, founder of the charity which she set up to help sleep deprived parents to get a better night’s sleep, said: “The charity supports families across England and Wales so it is wonderful to be able to bring support to my home town.

“The pilot project in March was a huge success and we received a great deal of interest in our work from both parents and practitioners.

“We are now going to build on this work and will also be training in partnership with Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s sleep team to upskill 25 staff to become qualified sleep practitioners.”

Lee Golze, strategy and delivery manager at NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are really excited to offer this opportunity to Doncaster families as part of our commitment to improving care, and are delighted with the response so far.”

Anyone who wants to find out more about the service and to book a place please contact Claire or Carol on 07912 667676 or email office@thechildrenssleepcharity.org.uk.