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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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Trinity is a young 9 year old, cheeky and happy girl who doesn't communicate through normal speech but expresses her likes and dislikes in other ways.Trinity has been diagnosed with West Syndrome - (A baby form of Epilepsy), when she was still a baby at 4 months and then at 2 years old she was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome which affects the eyes. Trinity has to wear a body brace to help straighten the spine due to being diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 2.Trinity has severe developmental delays and now suffers from an epilepsy which occurs mainly during the night &/or when she wakes up. She can also have an epileptic seizure during the day, but thankfully this does not happen so often.Trinity is dependant on an adult for all of her cares, changing, feeding etc, moving from one place to the other. Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears as Trinity needs a new car seat which is safer and more comfortable for her.Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase this at a cost of £600.
Anisa is 17 years old and has Down’s syndrome.  She has low muscle tone, no speech and little hearing. Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears to see if we would be prepared to fund a specialist trike.  This would help with Anisa’s exercise and give her a sense of freedom and enjoyment.Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the trike at a cost of £1,840.

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Roman is 3 years old. He was diagnosed with leukaemia on the 18th June this year, 6 days after his 3rd birthday.
Since his diagnosis he was been pretty much immobile and this has caused muscle weaknesses and wastage in his legs, so he is unable to walk or even crawl. He is going to be having physio to help with this, however in the meantime it means that he is uninterested in his toys or playing with his older brothers and younger sister.

His mum said, “The only thing he has actually taken an interest in is his brother’s DS console. However I feel that it is cutting him off further from his brothers as it is not something they can play together. I feel that he would benefit from something that they can all enjoy together,
especially with it being the summer holidays and not being able to go out and do our usual activities, due to Roman’s low immune system”.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the console and games that they can all play together at a total ... See more

2 days ago
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At 2 weeks old, Sophie was diagnosed with Larygnomalacia, she was taken to PICU and then had supraglottoplasty surgery. During Sophie's recovery, she had a sleep study assessment and was disagnosed with severe Sleep Apnea and Reflux. The surgery needed to be repeated at 3 months and since then Sophie’s developmental growth was affected. Sophie is currently NG feeding and waiting for PEG surgery.

In June her parents lost all their possessions and their flat, due to a fire. They approached Wipe Away Those Tears to help them fund some vital items for Sophie. We are delighted to fulfil this request at a cost of £712.

1 week ago

Trinity is a young 9 year old, cheeky and happy girl who doesn't communicate through normal speech but expresses her likes and dislikes in other ways.
Trinity has been diagnosed with West Syndrome - (A baby form of Epilepsy), when she was still a baby at 4 months and then at 2 years old she was diagnosed with Aicardi Syndrome which affects the eyes. Trinity has to wear a body brace to help straighten the spine due to being diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 2.

Trinity has severe developmental delays and now suffers from an epilepsy which occurs mainly during the night &/or when she wakes up. She can also have an epileptic seizure during the day, but thankfully this does not happen so often.

Trinity is dependant on an adult for all of her cares, changing, feeding etc, moving from one place to the other.

Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears as Trinity needs a new car seat which is safer and more comfortable for her.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase this at a ... See more

2 weeks ago

Anisa is 17 years old and has Down’s syndrome. She has low muscle tone, no speech and little hearing.

Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears to see if we would be prepared to fund a specialist trike. This would help with Anisa’s exercise and give her a sense of freedom and enjoyment.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the trike at a cost of £1,840.

2 weeks ago
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Testimony will be 3 in December and has many complex needs and diagnosis, his long term prognosis is unknown. His “main” diagnosis includes quadriplegic cerebral palsy, epilepsy, visual impairment and NG dependant.

Recently his speech/language therapist and occupational therapists have been bringing switches/switch adapted toys for him to play with.

He is also fully wheelchair dependant however, recently during therapy he has started to increase the movements in his legs-mimicking a crawling motion when he is on his stomach, but he doesn’t have the strength /ability to hold the top half of his body up to be able to actually crawl.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the specialist equipment to aid with Testimony’s development at a cost of £930.

2 weeks ago
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We are delighted to announce that Primark Romford has chosen Wipe Away Those Tears as their charity of the year.

We are extremely grateful to all concerned for their support and generosity.

3 weeks ago

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to be able to grant a special wish for a little girl with a life threatening/life limiting heart condition.

She wished to see the Aladdin show with her family. We have purchased tickets and arranged transport at a total cost of £950.

We hope that they all have a very special time together.

1 month ago

Simeon was born at 33 weeks and was diagnosed with the following:

Trisomy 21
Large PDA (heart problem)
Duodenal atresia with malrotation
Chylothorax requiring chest drains

He had a very difficult beginning of life and he is still having some challenges. Simeon is almost 3 years old and he hasn’t crawled, can stand with support but he is still not mobile. He is not talking either. He is getting too big for his stroller as his feet are constantly touching the floor, which makes it very difficult to go out and about. He has undergone 4 surgeries due to his condition and many other complications and still has to attend appointments and have check-ups.

His mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears requesting a new stroller, to help Simeon to be pushed around comfortably.

We are delighted to purchase this at a cost of £195.

1 month ago
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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.

1 month ago
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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.