16th June 2021
A new safe space bed from Variety allows Ben and his family to finally get a good night’s sleep
Ben, from Hampshire, is a very lively and sensory-seeking 12-year-old who likes to be busy at all times. He loves music, dancing, clapping and interaction with others. He also enjoys being ‘out and about’, going on train rides, running around watching the trees on windy days, and generally experiencing new things. Ben was born with a brain malformation called polymicrogyria which means the surface of his brain has too many small folds. This condition has caused Ben to have severe learning disabilities, visual impairment, mild ataxia, epilepsy and behavioural problems. He also has severe sleep issues, and hasn't slept well since birth. This has had a significant impact on his family's wellbeing. Thankfully, Variety was able to fund a safe space bed to help Ben relax, calm down, and sleep better - allowing the family to get a much-needed full night's sleep too.