Parents don’t mind being woken early by excited children on Christmas Day
However, imagine if your family’s sleep was interrupted several times a night – right through the year. For the Moore family, from Framlingham, that is their everyday reality due to the complex needs of four-year son Rhys. The severely autistic youngster only sleeps for 90 minutes at a time making each night an exhausting ordeal for his mother and father, Sarah and Kevin, and their three other children, aged seven, 12, and 15. Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity, set up earlier this year by Bev Lambert, of Alderton near Woodbridge, launched an appeal in the East Anglian Daily Times in October to raise £6,500 for a Safespace Hi-Lo bed which would provide a secure tented environment for Rhys to sleep in and allow his family a restful night.