WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children, young people and their families. There are thousands of children and young people in the UK living with a serious illness or complex care needs. WellChild works to ensure the best possible care and support for all these children and their families, wherever they are and whenever they need it.
They provide a network of WellChild Children’s Nurses who work with families to ensure that children with complex care needs can leave hospital and return home. They also run the Helping Hands scheme where they enlist the support of volunteers to tackle practical projects in the homes of seriously ill children and young people. In addition, the charity has invested more than £20 million in ground-breaking children’s health research projects, and connects families caring for a seriously ill child through the WellChild Family Tree. Find out more at www.wellchild.org.uk
A recent Helping Hands project was to help five-year-old Ruby, from Essex, who is now ABLE to access her garden as a result of the generous donations received from the DM Thomas Foundation.
Ruby has Rett Syndrome, a rare condition that effects the development of the brain. She also has Scoliosis, curvature of the spine and is unable to walk or talk. Due to essential building work, Ruby has not been able to enter her garden using her wheelchair for three years. The two day Helping Hands project involved company volunteers building a deck with an access ramp, creating a multi-sensory play table, and installing brightly painted murals to create a safe and fun area for her to play in.
“Ruby has LOVED being out in the garden, every single day weather has permitted! Just being able to wheel her everywhere without obstruction and join us for family time in the garden has been incredible. We will always be very thankful – the team have made one little girl incredibly happy!” Laura, Ruby’s Mum.
“We can’t put into words what this means. We can’t thank you enough” John, Ruby’s Dad.
DM Thomas Foundation awarded WellChild a grant of £3,750 in 2015.