We have come a long way in a few years. In 2010 we helped 50 children that year, in 2011 just over 300, that then rose to 628 in 2012, fast-forwarding a few years 2016 saw 1500 children benefiting from our services.
Thanks to your help and support in 2017 we helped 2000 children who each had their tears turned into smiles, if only for a while.
- We now focus our help in these key areas.
- Seriously and Terminally ill children
- Support for families of Terminally ill children.
- Children who are victims of Domestic Violence Situations
- Underprivileged families in the local community
We are proud to say we have now helped hundreds of children in the UK, below is a selection of some of the ways we have helped brighten up the lives of these children.
Heidi-Lou – 5 Years Old
Heidi-Lou is 5 years old with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy which affects all of her limbs which means she is unable to sit and stand unaided. Heidi-Lou needs 24 hour care.
After attending Kids up North the family finally found what they had been looking for, an activate tandem, which is an off road pram that connects to an adult bike. It has the full support Heidi-Lou needs. Being an outdoor family and having a 10 year old also, they had not been able to go on their bikes this year as they had no way of getting Heidi-Lou out and about now she’s bigger, resulting in both children missing out.
The bike trailer came at a cost of £2700.
Wipe Your Tears were thrilled to be able to assist with the purchase of Heidi-Lou’s much awaited bike trailer.
Here is what Heidi-Lou’s Mum had to say:
“I emailed Wipe Your Tears back in November 2017 desperate for help towards a bike trailer for our 5 year old, now she’s bigger we just can’t get a standard seat as her weight doesn’t meet what they offer.
Wipe Your Tears responded saying they would love to help!! It was all our dreams answered! Having this bike trailer means we as a family can get out and about on our bikes and enjoy family time and still have the option of chaining the bikes up and using the trailer as a buggy!
We attached her to her brothers bike and to hear them both giggling and seeing them so happy is just the best thing ever!!
We can’t thank Wipe Your Tears enough, here’s hoping for lots of sunny days so we can get out and about, something that we haven’t been able to do in a long time, it’s comes with a rain cover too so the rain won’t stop us either xx”.
Jack – 6 Years Old
Jack is 6 years old and has had severe Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy since birth. Doctors gave him hours/ days to live, he is a fighter. He does get distressed very easily and the only thing that his Mum has found to calm Jack down is watching his favourite programs on his iPad. This helps the family to take him for days out, even just small tasks such as grocery shopping. Jack’s current iPad is over 2 years old and is not holding the charge so can only be used when near a plug, this situation is limiting to where the family can venture.
Here is what Jack’s Mum had to say:
“Thank you so much for Jacks iPad. It’s wonderful. It’s got lots of memory so Jack can have his Mr Tumble series downloaded and he’s happy in his wheelchair again. Jack doesn’t like being in his wheelchair. He really doesn’t like shopping but having the iPad which helps take his mind of things makes a huge difference. We are able to take Jack out without him moaning and getting upset. He’s happy watching his iPad whilst we can get out. Jack smiles at the iPad and it gives me time to deal with the other children knowing jack is happy. It has made such a difference already to us all as a family. We cannot thank you enough”.
Lewis – 3 Years Old
“Our lives changed overnight nearly four years ago when Luke and Lewis were suddenly taken ill. After Luke being poorly and cared for on HDU and Lewis in RMCH PICU 35 miles away, they were both sent home to recover from meningioencphalitis. Within this period we noticed changes to Lewis, we thought he was having up to 30 seizures a day and had lost his vision. We took him back to hospital to be told the devastating news that his brain had been irreversibly damaged and had completely wiped out his occipital region. When we received his formal diagnosis after a period of time, Lewis was diagnosed with Severe epilepsy, Global development impairment, microcephaly (small head) as your skull only grows to accommodate your brain, severely visually impaired – he is blind with light perception and brain damage. Lewis has more recently had a Gastrostomy, due to feeding /drinking issues and he also has mobility issues. Lewis was at a point where he wasn’t sleeping in his cot as his arms and legs were getting stuck in the bars, he was sleeping every night in his, Panda R82 chair, this is funded by OT, we approached them for a sleeping solution back in 2015/2016 but were refused. Our little boy could not go on, it was then that Wipe Your Tears stepped in. The whole team have been absolutely amazing from start to finish and to be honest still are!! We have Lewis’s special bed and what a difference it has made to his life. He has somewhere safe, comfortable and cosy to sleep but also a safe environment to play, without his bed I feel safe to our/his life wouldn’t be as happy as it is. We are eternally grateful and always will be. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
The Leigh family Xxxxx
Paul & Family
Paul is a young father of 3 children who had regular access to all of them in between working full time. Due to unforeseen circumstances Paul became sole carer for all of his 3 children overnight having just moved into a new property. This as you can imagine was a shock to all of them. As a result of the children moving area and living with Paul with immediate effect new schooling had to be arranged for the eldest whilst Paul had no access to child care for the younger 2. Paul sadly lost his job becoming a stay at home dad. Parental Control had not been transferred to Paul meaning any benefits he should be entitled to were initially withheld, needless to say as time went on Paul’s financial situation became more difficult leaving him in an impossible situation trying to provide for his children with everyday basics such as food and clothes. Paul was referred to Wipe Your Tears via a service provider and we were thrilled to meet with Paul and his children and discuss what we were able to offer as a charity. They have all been beneficiaries of everyday basics such as food and clothes and toys at Christmas, also an appeal via our Face Book page to help with household items. Paul has also suffered severely with depression as a result of his unforeseen circumstances, he is now on the road to recovery and managing better on a daily basis and all 3 children are healthy and happy having amazing relationships with their dad.
Elliot – 2 Years old
Elliot suffers from Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy and has global marked muscle tone throughout his body, making all movements up against gravity extremely effortful for him. He also has a Cortical Visual Impairment and delayed development alongside marked ligamentos laxity of his knees whereby his knees hyper-extend beyond the normal position, which also adds to his instability. Elliot’s need for a Grillo Walker would enable him to practise walking and to aid his independence. This would be a wonderful opportunity for him to explore his environment more freely, he is currently only able to walk with the assistance of one person at very short distances as he tires easily. Wipe Your Tears are thrilled to have been able to fund the Grillo Walker through the generosity of our supporters.
Here is what Elliot’s Mum & Dad had to say:
“We really cannot thank Wipe Your Tears enough for the amazing gesture by supplying our little boy Elliot a walker. Unfortunately, the NHS do not have the resources to supply the walker to Elliot and he is in so desperate need of it. We hold on to every hope that he will be able to walk one day, and if anything can help him get to this goal, it will be the walker! Thank you to the team and all of the charities wonderful supporters! Keep doing what you do, and changing the lives of so many children. We will be eternally grateful”
Mark & Sophie – Father & Daughter
“My name is Mark and I have been fortunate enough to be in the receipt of what can only be described as salvation from “Wipe Your Tears Children’s Charity”. I found myself in dire straits after the mother of my 13year old daughter passed away suddenly. At the time I had moved in with my ex-partner and her 9 year old daughter. Due to the difficult relationship between myself and my daughters mother my partner at the time (we had been together over 2 years) had never met my daughter. When my daughters mum died I collected her and brought her to live with us, as you can imagine things were strained. After a few months it became obvious that it was too much for my partner at the time and she asked me to leave. With nowhere to go, no family to speak of a friend took me in, my daughter had to stay with her nan who is bed ridden. During this time a lady I knew who was helping me by looking out for my daughter due to her circumstances, introduced to a lovely kind woman called Wendy who is the Chief Executive of Wipe Your Tears Children’s Charity. This proved to be a blessing as Wendy and the team at Wipe Your Tears were beyond helpful.
The Wipe Your Tears Team took my daughter shopping for her school uniform, items for school plus other things such as new trainers etc and these were purchased for her by the charity. Wipe Your Tears also helped me immeasurably once we found a place to live by providing all you could ask for such as a TV, hoover, pots, pans, duvets, bedding the list is endless. Wipe Your Tears also assisted me financially without making me feel like a Charity case. I do work full time and am an extremely proud man. For me the best part of what the Wipe Your Tears team offered was compassion and thoughtfulness and that to me is priceless. So I can whole heartedly say that my faith in human kindness has been restored, giving me the strength to prosper and build a new life for both my daughter and myself.”
Katie-Louise – 22 Months old
Katie-Louise is a little girl who has Cerebral Palsy and Dystonia. Katie-Louise’s condition leaves her in need of a Paediatric Bed which would assist with her safety whilst sleeping and also grow with her. The bed is height adjustable and profiling, meaning this will minimise any further risk damage to her parents backs. Her parents, Derek and Victoria both suffer with back injuries through having to lift Katie-Louise in and out of her current cot which is not suitable for her condition. Wipe Your Tears were thrilled to be able to raise enough funds to pay for this piece of medical equipment for home use which was not available on the NHS. The funds were raised via The Spring Flower Dance 2017. Derek and Victoria are thrilled to know that Katie-Louise will now be in a safe and comfortable environment when she sleeps.
Here is what Katie-Louise’s Mum & Dad had to say:
“From initial contact with WYT team to taking delivery of Katie-Louise’s bed surpassed our expectations. The team were approachable, very helpful and friendly. Thanks to Wendy, Gen, Mark and Paul. Wipe your Tears really do wipe your tears away and bring a smile and have given Katie-Louise a brighter and safer future in her new bed.”
Samuel (Sam) – 11 Years old
Sam was diagnosed with AML in 2009 for which he had Chemotherapy treatment, following a relapse in 2014 Sam received a Bone Marrow transplant. Two years later in May 2016 Sam began his journey in receiving palliative care treatment with intent for quality of life to terminal phase.
In April 2017 Wipe Your Tears were privileged to grant an end of life wish for Samuel to visit Harry Potter World in London with his Mum, younger Brother Ollie and Uncle. The trip was funded via Project Charlie.
Sadly, Sam became too poorly to enjoy his wish and passed away peacefully on 19th April 2017.
Wipe Your Tears are continuing to support Mum and Ollie and in honour of Sam’s memory, the trip to Harry Potter World will be taken at a later date.
Our thoughts remain with Sam and his Family
Ryan, Lewis and Luke
Lewis (middle) is twin to Luke and both boys contracted meningitis as babies. This left Lewis registered as severely sighted, having perception of light sight only. This is due to a cerebral visual impairment. He also has Brain damage, Encephalomalacia, Unpredictable Epilepsy, Tonic and Absence seizures, Global Development Impairment and Microcephaly. The family were in need of a much deserved short break which Wipe Your Tears were thrilled to be able to fund via Project Charlie. The families visit to Martin Mere Holiday Park was enjoyed by all members in a specially adapted caravan 5 days. Lewis has also been the beneficiary of a Medical Bed.
Amy – 11 Years old
Amy is a little girl who suffers from Rett Syndrome along with other disabilities including being mute she also suffers from severe curvature of the spine. The NHS offered to pay for an operation to fix Amy’s curvature of the spine but the family couldn’t afford the time off work, travel and associated costs of the treatment. With this treatment Amy’s life would be much more comfortable so we offered and have now paid for all the costs for the operation, such as travel, accommodation etc to allow Amy’s parents to support Amy during the operation without the added financial stress.
Jessica – 13 years old.
Jessica’s parents came to us asking if we could organise a special surprise for Jessica. When Jessica was 8 she had bone marrow cancer, at 11 she had a stroke and at that point doctors discovered a heart condition that meant she needed a heart transplant. When we were introduced to her she had received her transplant and was about to start school. We thought about the help we could give and support she would need after such a long period in hospital, we decided to invite her new school class to a party before school started so all her class could meet her and learn about her before they were in a school environment. We approached Top Shop who kindly helped provide new clothes etc. The result was, a little girl who would have been very timid and scared on her first day of senior school, actually arrived as a semi-celebrity herself, all her new class mates embraced her seeing through her obvious differences and making the whole recovery process for Jess and their family much easier.
Michael – 5 years old
Michael had a seriously life limiting brain disorder and his final wish was to meet his hero Peter Andre. We arranged for Peter to come to the hospice where Michael was being cared for and to meet all the kids, Michael was the VIP and Peter very kindly gave him lots of presents and signed memorabilia. Michael passed away in the coming weeks but he got to meet his hero as he asked.
We were fortunate enough at Christmas to receive hundreds of toys. At that point, we didn’t have as many children in need as we had toys, so as a charity we tried to think of the most vulnerable children at Christmas time. We donated the toys to a local Women’s Crisis Refuge ensuring that every child received gifts from Santa. These children, because of their situation, were more than likely going to miss Christmas that year, but thanks to the help of our donors they had one of the best Christmases ever!