Emma’s the life and soul of festive party

party time: Emma Teasdale, centre, with her friends and care givers at the Christmas party she organised.

party time: Emma Teasdale, centre, with her friends and care givers at the Christmas party she organised.

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A WOMAN with cerebral palsy made sure everyone enjoyed the Christmas and new year festivities.

Emma Teasdale, 32, asked her care team for a night of fun which snowballed into a massive community party attended by more than 90 people.

Emma’s mum, Dot, said: “Emma wanted a party. When we told her there wasn’t one planned, she asked if we could make one.

“Most of her care team volunteered to staff the night and everyone said it was brilliant.

“I went to see Emma the next day and her dress and jacket were chucked on the sofa – just like I do after a night out!

“She had a fantastic time.

“We’re hoping to do something at Easter, in the summer and then Christmas again.

“Emma was making posters, delivering tickets – she saw it as her work.”

Emma is deaf and has learning problems, but has made a lot of progress in the last six months thanks to a team of dedicated staff.

She now works as an Avon rep and lives in Grindon, Sunderland, in her own home.

Dot said: “I cannot comprehend the change I’ve seen in her – she is a different young person altogether. She talks more and her signing vocabulary has really come on.

“Myself and my partner Paul would like to thank Sunderland social services for all their ongoing support for Emma.

“We would also like to thank Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre for doing the catering for the party.”

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