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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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X has had 3 open heart surgeries which requires him to be on medicines every day.  X is 6 years old and has hypoplastic left heart syndrome.  His mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears as he is in desperate need of a warm coat, gloves and scarf, warm clothing and footwear.  He would also love some educational toys.Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to grant this special wish and purchase the required items to the value of £750.
We have just received this message:Christmas came early for Daisy - thought you may like an update she loves her new seat! Wipe Away Those Tears should be so proud they are literally changing lives 😘😘
Maria is 3.  She was born at 35 weeks as a healthy baby and no one noticed that she had any issues.  At 6 months old her Mum started to raise questions and noticed that something was wrong and finally she was diagnosed at the age of almost 2 years old with Corpus callosum dysgenesis  and after a few months with a mild cerebral palsy.  She is globally delayed, speech and language delayed, mobility issues on both legs and trunk but she is more weaker on the right side than the left and for that reason she is not able to stand or walk alone. Her mum said, “Maria is a very happy and beautiful child and every day she is improving and learning new things”.  Her parents are trying their best to fund private therapy sessions for Maria.  They wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears requesting a specialist trike to help strengthen Maria’s legs and to give her some freedom and independence.Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the trike at a cost of £1,900.

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3 days ago
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When Emily was born, doctors noticed that something wasn't right. They did lots of tests in the first week of her life and found out that Emily was born with CMV Virus (Citomegalovirus).

This virus can affect new born babies badly. As a result Emily has epilepsy, microcephaly, partial hearing loss, vision impairment and she had an MRI brain scan which showed calcification of half of her brain.

All of the above resulted in Emily having severe development delay. Emily is 3 and a half years old now, but she cannot feed herself, cannot talk and she cannot walk stable yet, she still needs support in walking.

One of Emily's teachers for visual impairment and hearing loss has recommended that Emily has an IPad or a tablet so she can improve her sensory activities by playing special games.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a tablet and protective case for Emily at a total cost of £230.

6 days ago
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A Ball was held at Channels Barn in Chelmsford last Saturday and 116 friends and family were there to celebrate the life of Jake Whiteside. Jake was a young lad who Wipe Away Those Tears helped in 2016. Sadly he lost his battle against cancer the following year.

The incredible sum of £2,762.40 was raised at this event.

We would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to Charley Went and all the guests who attended and the local companies that donated prizes. We are truly grateful to everyone for their support and generosity.

Charley said, “Our note raffle was a success again and we had some fantastic hampers and prizes all donated by friends, family and local companies. We have already booked next year’s date of 30th October too”.

1 week ago
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Sophia is 4 and a half years old. She was diagnosed with Scoliosis of the spine in May 2018. Since her diagnosis, her spine has deteriorated from a 35 degree curvature to 58 degrees & her whole little body has rotated to the left because of this. Her heart is displaced & her right rib cage protrudes out. She is under the Spinal Team, Neurology, Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears today saying, “Sophia needs spinal surgery on 5th December. She is in need of a specialist car seat which has been quoted for but unfortunately the companies I have been told to ask for funding to help purchase it cannot help me within the timeframe 😪 I’m a single Mum and cannot afford to buy this for my little girl myself”.

Wipe Away Those Tears have purchased this car seat today at a cost of £2,936.

1 week ago

X has had 3 open heart surgeries which requires him to be on medicines every day. X is 6 years old and has hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

His mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears as he is in desperate need of a warm coat, gloves and scarf, warm clothing and footwear. He would also love some educational toys.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to grant this special wish and purchase the required items to the value of £750.

1 week ago
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Olivia is 3 years old and is unable to crawl or walk. She has also been diagnosed with global development delay, hypotonia and she is partially sighted. Her parents have no answers yet as to what has caused her problems, but she is undergoing tests to see if it is a genetic condition.

Her parents are struggling to get her in and out of her car seat because she is a dead weight and she also needs more support than a normal car seat can give.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a specialist car seat for Olivia at a cost of £325.

2 weeks ago

We have just received this message:
Christmas came early for Daisy - thought you may like an update she loves her new seat! Wipe Away Those Tears should be so proud they are literally changing lives 😘😘

2 weeks ago

Maria is 3. She was born at 35 weeks as a healthy baby and no one noticed that she had any issues. At 6 months old her Mum started to raise questions and noticed that something was wrong and finally she was diagnosed at the age of almost 2 years old with Corpus callosum dysgenesis and after a few months with a mild cerebral palsy. She is globally delayed, speech and language delayed, mobility issues on both legs and trunk but she is more weaker on the right side than the left and for that reason she is not able to stand or walk alone.

Her mum said, “Maria is a very happy and beautiful child and every day she is improving and learning new things”. Her parents are trying their best to fund private therapy sessions for Maria.

They wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears requesting a specialist trike to help strengthen Maria’s legs and to give her some freedom and independence.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the trike at a cost of £1,900.

2 weeks ago

Tara is 18 months old. She was born weighing only 820g she was premature 26+2 weeks gestation and has lots of complex needs and illness: Necrotising enterocolitis D12 of life with perforated terminal ileum. Small Bowel resection with jejunostomy, later reversal of stoma with jejuno-rectal anastomosis.

Short Gut secondary to NEC- 30cm small bowel- no ic valve, Intestinal Failure and secondary short bowel syndrome. Tara is totally dependant on parenteral nutrition and is fed Gastrostomy. She also has a Hickman line in situ and developmental delay likely cerebral palsy.

Tara has never been home from the hospital since birth, she has been in Southend Hospital, Homerton and now stays in the Royal London Hospital. Finally, she is ready to come home, now Mum has completed her intensive training to meet her medical needs. However, she will be having full time help from a nursing team at home.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase furniture and equipment for Tara's room to ... See more

2 weeks ago
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Eloise is 7 years old and her mum has to stay with her all night. Unfortunately Eloise’s seizures are not under control with her medication.
Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a discreet wearable sensor armband device for Eloise that alerts carers to potential seizures. When the armband identifies a heart rate change that could indicate a seizure, an urgent alarm sounds on the carers pager, giving them peace of mind and reassurance during the night.

The cost of the sensor is £550.

2 weeks ago

This is my story. My name is Megan Davidson and I was born at 27 weeks, weighing just 2lbs 4oz. The doctors gave me little chance of surviving, and I spent three months in intensive care. Gradually, I began to gain weight, but then I had a bleed on the brain, which left me with cerebral palsy. As a result, I am now severely disabled. I am unable to walk and have little use of one hand. I cannot lift myself, and require a hoist to move around.

I am now 18, which means I am allowed to operate an electric wheelchair. However, since we already have a mobility car, we are unable to get funding to pay for it. Having my own electric wheelchair would make all the difference to my life, as it would let me move about, unassisted, and give me some much needed independence.

A new wheelchair costs £5,800. Megan has raised £2,045 towards her wheelchair. Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to make up the shortfall of £3,755 to enable Megan to achieve her dream of a new electric wheelchair.