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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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We are extremely grateful to the Year 6 children at Brentwood Preparatory School for raising the incredible sum of £250 at their Charity Afternoon in June.A huge THANK YOU to everyone concerned.
Kali is 23 months and was born prematurely.  Two weeks after she was born she contracted pneumonia which she couldn’t fight,  which turned into meningitis. Ever since then she has had a lot of health issues. Kali’s parents found out that she had brain damage in January,  noticing she wasn’t developing as she should.  She was fitted with a NG tube in March after recurring respiratory problems, fluid on the lungs and chest infections due to her unsafe swallow,  as she aspirates on anything that tries going down her oesophagus.  She has gord and chokes on her acid reflux so many times daily, she’s awaiting surgery for gastrostomy and nissens fundoplication next month.Kali  was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy in June and has had suspected seizures.  She doesn’t yet sit unaided, but can roll around the room. Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears requesting a postural support seat and a mobility rider. She said,  “We just want to give Kali some freedom to play without having to lay down or be held.  She likes to try playing with her brothers and they interact better with her when she’s sitting up.  I don’t like that her mobility gets in the way of her playing and interacting”.Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the items at a cost of £800.

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We are extremely grateful to the Year 6 children at Brentwood Preparatory School for raising the incredible sum of £250 at their Charity Afternoon in June.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone concerned.

6 days ago

Kali is 23 months and was born prematurely. Two weeks after she was born she contracted pneumonia which she couldn’t fight, which turned into meningitis. Ever since then she has had a lot of health issues.

Kali’s parents found out that she had brain damage in January, noticing she wasn’t developing as she should. She was fitted with a NG tube in March after recurring respiratory problems, fluid on the lungs and chest infections due to her unsafe swallow, as she aspirates on anything that tries going down her oesophagus. She has gord and chokes on her acid reflux so many times daily, she’s awaiting surgery for gastrostomy and nissens fundoplication next month.

Kali was also diagnosed with cerebral palsy in June and has had suspected seizures. She doesn’t yet sit unaided, but can roll around the room.

Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears requesting a postural support seat and a mobility rider. She said, “We just want to give Kali some freedom to play without ... See more

1 week ago
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It has been a busy week for Wipe Away Those Tears! Last night we were honoured to attend the 4th Birthday Party of The Fat Turk Restaurant in Warley, Brentwood.

Akin and Burak, the owners of the restaurant, had chosen us as their charity for the year. We were presented with a cheque for £2,000.

We are truly grateful to them for their support and generosity.

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Bella is 9 months old and has a congenital heart defect,

•AV-VA discordance which is to do with the great arteries.

•Large ventricular septal defect which is a hole in the heart in the lower pumping chambers.

•Pulmonary stenosis which is an obstruction of blood flow.

•Hypoplastic tricuspid valve which is underdeveloped but then is also attached to the chambers.

She has ungone key hole surgery and open heart surgery in her young life already. The hospital have planned another 2 surgeries for her when she is 1 and a half and 3 years.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a cot and accessories for Bella at a cost of £550.

1 week ago
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We are delighted and honoured to announce that Epping Town Football Club have chosen to support Wipe Away Those Tears through its first team shirts this season.

We would like to say a special thank you to Asa Pamplin and David Jackman (Everything Epping Forest) for their support and generosity.

We wish Epping Town a highly successful season and hope that these shirts bring them lots of luck.

2 weeks ago
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Emilia has just celebrated her second birthday. The first eleven months of her life were largely medically uneventful, however as she approached her first birthday her parents had begun to worry about some mobility issues she was having.

On the night of the first of August 2018 Emilia had her first known epileptic seizure which required emergency admission to Basildon hospital. This was to serve as a turning point for Emilia's health and over the coming months Emilia's condition quickly deteriorated and she was transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital. At GOSH Emilia continued to deteriorate having up to seventy generalised seizures per day and developing left sided weakness. Eventually Emilia became so unwell that she was largely unresponsive, was unable to communicate or feed and could not sit up, smile or copy noises.

Following extensive investigations including brain, muscle and skin biopsies undertaken by multiple teams at GOSH and the Evelina London hospital, Emilia was ... See more

3 weeks ago

Hari was 17 years old when he was diagnosed with and began treatment for a medulloblastoma tumour. He had surgery and consequently suffered a stroke, which left him unable to speak or move any muscles. His cerebellum was severely damaged.

In this state he had to spend almost a year in both UCLH and National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery having cancer treatment (both chemo and intense radiotherapy) followed by intense neurological rehabilitation.

He has slowly begun to regain movement in his muscles but he is still unable to walk (he has no control over balance) and his speech is still affected (it’s slow but clear).

As a young man who was on the threshold of adulthood and in the middle of A levels, you can imagine the loss and trauma he has suffered and is continuing to come to terms with. Hari is intellectually still as sharp as he ever was which is both a godsend and a curse (because his sense of loss is so keen).

He has recently had some adaptations completed ... See more

4 weeks ago
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Erdi is a year old and has centronuclear myopathy. His mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears to request funding for a p-pod chair so that Erdi is more comfortable and can spend more time with his family.

He requires a lot of equipment and therefore a mobile base is needed to move Erdi from one room to another with his tracheostomy ventilation and PegJ continuous feed.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase this for Erdi at a cost of £1,697.

1 month ago
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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

1 month 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.