This year's Catholic Herald Christmas appeal for mentally handicapped children has the backing of Mrs. Rose Kennedy, mother of the former US President, who wrote of the "grief and pain" caused by the neurological disease of her daughter Rosemary. Rosemary spent 30 years in the care of nuns.
Mrs Kennedy wrote to the Catholic Herald: "I earnestly hope that readers of the Catholic Herald will wish to make a generous gesture this Christmas towards the help and encouragement of mentally-retarded children wherever they may be."
Children who are mentally retarded have difficulty in coping with problems of everyday life. They require special therapy to help them develop.
Above all, they need to be integrated into the community and this means that they must be allowed to live more normally in small groups. To achieve this, institutions helping mentally-retarded children need better facilities and more staff. Your money can help to improve the lives of such children.
Three Catholic charities will share the total sum raised by our appeal. They are: