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Wipe Away Those TearsWe are a charity which aims to grant a wish and bring a sparkle into the lives of terminally or seriously ill children in Essex. We have no overheads or administration costs, so every penny that is raised goes towards helping very special children

Wipe Away Those Tears has no cures to offer and all too often some of our wishes will end in sadness, but during desperate times when there seems to be no hope we aim to wipe away those tears and bring a sparkle into the lives of these special children, no matter how big or small.

Wipe Away Those Tears was set up in 2006 with the aim of raising money from a Summer Ball each year. In February 2007 my dear father, Phil O’Shea, sadly passed away.

Instead of flower tributes at his funeral friends and family paid tribute by making donations to wipe away those tears. It seems fitting that the charity I founded received these initial donations in memory of my beloved father.

Wipe Away Those TearsJason O’Shea
Founding Trustee

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Oliver who is now 15 was diagnosed with Hurlers Syndrome when he was only a few months old and has had a bone marrow transplant, as well as many surgeries. Due to his condition his mobility has been severely affected, making Oliver's life very challenging. Operating a manual wheelchair has become very difficult for him.

His mum contacted Wipe Away Those Tears to see if we could fund an electric wheelchair, which will make Oliver's life so much better and enable him to gain much needed independence. The difference this wheelchair will make is immeasurable and will change Oliver's life.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase this wheelchair at a cost of £1,400.

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Ollie-James will be 4 years old tomorrow.

He failed his new born hearing test and this resulted in finding out he has sensorineural hearing loss, which requires him to wear hearing aids.

Ollie has macular pathway dysfunction meaning the optic nerve doesn't work correctly and he has focal epilepsy. He also has long qt syndrome which affects his heart. He is also non-verbal and uses makaton

In May 2018, Ollie received a diagnosis of Kleefstra syndrome , which is a rare genetic condition. He has spent so much time in hospitals and specialist departments.

His mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears as she would love to take Ollie and his siblings to CBeebies Land for an overnight stay, as he has learnt a lot of his Makton via this.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to send the family for a stay at the hotel and passes to the theme park at a cost of £650. We hope that they all have a wonderful time together.

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Rosie is 15 years old and has Downs Syndrome. Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears as Rosie trialled a specialist trike that she was able to ride to give her independence and improve her fitness.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase this for Rosie at a cost of £1,640.

2 weeks ago

We would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to Jo Oldham and all who attended the golf day that she organised for Wipe Away Those Tears. This raised a fantastic sum of £1,100.

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Cassia-Rose is 2 and at a 20 week scan her parents were told she had issues within her brain and kidneys as well as some other minor issues and were strongly advised to end the pregnancy. She was born at 38 weeks and seemed to be doing well, but just a few weeks later issues started to show.

Her mum wrote, “After many hospital admissions, pneumonia’s and tests we are still being told it’s all a case of watch and wait. Cassia-Rose is fed via a feeding tube every 4 hours like a newborn still and is not on solid foods yet, due to an issue with her swallow (oropharyngeal dysphagia). She has no swallow, so chokes on everything including her own vomit or saliva which has now led to needing suction at home. She has sensory processing disorder, globally delayed, speech motor planning issues, mobility issues due to weakness on her left side. She struggles with tremors and has a very clumsy uncoordinated walk, leading to many falls. She is awaiting special boots to help with her ... See more

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Bella is 2 years old. She has Downs syndrome and has been through a lot in her little life with heart surgery and being in and out of hospital in the last 2 months. She has now been sent home with medical oxygen which is rather noisy.

Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears as Bella needs a new pushchair and car seat, to make her life more comfortable.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the items requested at a cost of £360.

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Carter was 2 in January and is currently fighting leukaemia.

His mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears as she would like to purchase a bunk bed and mattresses for him and his sister. Carter is currently still sleeping in a cot next to her bed.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase this for Carter at a cost of £1,170.

4 weeks ago
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We are delighted to see that Louise loves her new pushchair that was provided by Wipe Away Those Tears.

4 weeks ago

We would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to Tara Brigid for arranging a ‘Back to the 80s’ event and raising the incredible sum of £1,167 for Wipe Away Those Tears. Also THANK YOU to Elm Hall Primary School for contributing £50 and to Silver End School the sum of £109.
We are extremely grateful to everyone involved for supporting Wipe Away Those Tears.

1 month ago

Joel and Roger Mumford walked the Capital Challenge in April and have raised the incredible sum of £1,546 in memory of their nephew Jake Whiteside.

We are so very grateful to them for their support and generosity to Wipe Away Those Tears.