Samuel’s Charity – Putting a Smile on Kids in Hospital
Samuel was an amazing 9 year old. He was very ill with a rare type of cancer, Precursor T-Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. During the five months he was ill he just wanted to help the other children in hospital with him. He was selfless and concerned about others even when he was in pain or scared. This is what is at the heart of his charity.
My beautiful boy lost his battle on the 22nd of January this 2014, but his legacy will continue through this charity and help other children like him, when they need it the most.
How Samuel's Charity Helps
We supply Smiles
Even the simplest things for ill kids – eating, walking – can be painful or just impossible to do. This has a huge affect on a child. To go from worrying which test they had to do at school or if they’d get in trouble with dad for breaking a plate to taking so many different medicines each day, awful side effects, painful injections, tubes hanging from them, procedures of all kinds, unable to eat or walk or leave their room, not to mention the mental strain and sometimes depression that all this can cause – this changes a child.
So many children mature way past their years because of what they have to deal with. Samuel did. His strength and bravery were off the charts and I lost count of the times that he was the calm, sensible voice at times of stress.
But one thing was so often missing. Smiles. A Smile means there is some respite from the pain. A smile brings a bit of fun and happiness to a dark, scary and painful time. As a parent it’s one of our main jobs to take care of and protect our children and a serious illness is out of our control. Bringing back some fun isn’t just a distraction, it is desperately needed. Many adults suffer depression during serious illness and children aren’t immune -maybe more susceptible. At the very least it is horrible to be stuck in a small room for weeks or months on end with only your parents to entertain you!
Kids need to have have something to look forward to each day, whether it is a game, an audio book, a film or lego to build.
Some of the things we provide are:
- Accuveins – handheld scanners that show where the veins are so injections are done first time and with little pain.
- IPads, Tablets and PS Vitas for individual kids as well as day trips and short breaks
- Free Wifi
- Free Netflix,
- XBox’s, PS Vita’s and TV’s
- Games for Xbox, Playstations, Gameboy DSs and PS Vitas
- Craft and Sensory equipment
- Electric ride-in cars – kids LOVE to drive them on the wards or down to a scan or operation
- Sofa beds
This is just a small selection of what we have provided. If it brings a smile to a child’s face then we will get it for them.
100 Miles of Obstacles
2016 is going to be a muddy one. Martin, Samuel’s dad, is doing 100+ miles of obstacle course races this year. Join one. Or two.
Events – get involved, get inspired and maybe get fit!
Rock Solid Challenge
Are you Rock Solid? 10K and lots of obstacles! Join in and conquer! 19th March in Exeter & 29th October in Milton Keynes