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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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Nolan is 19 months old.  He was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, type 3 at 3 weeks old. This genetic condition causes his bones to be weak as they are lacking in collagen, so he can break bones easily.   So far,  Nolan has broken his thigh bones 3 times, his most recent break was in July. Nolan has to be very careful every day.  He receives treatment to help strengthen his bones in hospital every 6 weeks. He has to deal with a lot of pain with his condition, but he is a very happy, cheeky little boy. Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a special car seat for Nolan to help keep him safe and comfortable whilst travelling, at a cost of £332.

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3 days ago
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An email we have received:

“Mustafa has a Rare Chromosomal Disorder (an unbalanced translocation between chromosomes 21q and 12p) along with Right side Hemiparasis. His condition has caused him severe developmental delay where at 4yrs and 10mths he is unable to stand, walk or talk. He always needs to have an adult around.
However, what I have mentioned above is a very small part of what really describes Mustafa.
This child is a star. A fighter.
He has a million dollar smile and knows exactly how to charm everyone around him.
He has had a very rough start in life. Cardiac arrest at 3 months of age, severe sleep apnea, severe reflux, severe pulmonary hypertension, 2 surgeries of his tonsils and adenoids, on and off oxygen for 2 years, NG, NJ, Nasal Prong, and uncountable chest infections.
Looking at him now, we know and believe that Mustafa is full of surprises and he can get through anything in life smiling away, We are blessed and lucky to have a child as adorable as ... See more

3 days ago
Co-op Local Community Fund - Wipe Away Those Tears

With just over 2 weeks until this round of the Local Community Fund closes on Saturday 26 October, we wanted to let you know there’s still time to encourage members of the Co-Op to choose Wipe Away Those Tears as their cause.

The Co-Op have written to us saying, “We know causes have been working hard to raise their profile over the past year with our members, there’s still £5,961.19 available in your community which members haven't allocated to a cause yet. We hope you take this final opportunity to promote your cause on social media by sharing the link below amongst your supporters. After all, the more members that choose your cause, the more funding your project will receive”.

https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/31131

6 days ago
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Archie Connolly is 10 years old. He heard about the work that Wipe Away Those Tears does for children in Essex and decided that he wanted to do some fundraising.

We are delighted to report that he raised the incredible sum of £224.32 and also 50 dollars was donated.

Archie. we would like to say a very big THANK YOU, you should be very proud of yourself for your kindness and compassion. Well done.

1 week ago

X is 12 years old and was diagnosed with high grade undifferentiated small cell sarcoma of the right mandible on the 19th August. She has treatment every fortnight lasting between 4-6 days in UCLH. She has also been admitted to Broomfield hospital twice between treatments for 3-4 days each time, which limits her access to school work which she is keen to keep on top of.
Wipe Away Those Tears have purchased a laptop at a cost of £970 to enable this brave girl to continue with her studies.

1 week ago
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Alina is a 13 month old little girl who was born at 39 weeks with Down’s syndrome. Screening during pregnancy did not identify that her mum was at high risk.

Alina is delayed in all areas of her development. She has only just started to sit up with help. She is not crawling or walking and has no form of communication. She is under the Cardiology team at Great Ormond Street hospital. They have concerns regarding the valves connected to her heart and may need to operate. She is also under Queens hospital neontology and ophthalmology.

Her mum wrote saying, “Alina enjoys to be outside in the garden. It would be amazing for her to have a swing she can sit in”.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a special swinging chair at a cost of £450.

1 week ago

Nolan is 19 months old. He was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, type 3 at 3 weeks old. This genetic condition causes his bones to be weak as they are lacking in collagen, so he can break bones easily. So far, Nolan has broken his thigh bones 3 times, his most recent break was in July.

Nolan has to be very careful every day. He receives treatment to help strengthen his bones in hospital every 6 weeks. He has to deal with a lot of pain with his condition, but he is a very happy, cheeky little boy.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a special car seat for Nolan to help keep him safe and comfortable whilst travelling, at a cost of £332.

1 week ago
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Cameron was born two months prematurely and has cerebral palsy and spastic dysplegia. His parents were told that he wouldn’t survive and would never walk. He developed NEC on day 5, had to have some of his intestine removed, developed E. coli septacemia as a result of the surgery and had to have skin grafted onto him from his dad’s leg.

Cameron is now 15 and is football crazy and has started to play for a cerebral palsy team. He exercises every day to make his legs stronger and straighter, since surgery 3 years ago to insert 8-plates in his knees and lengthen his hamstrings.

His dad says, “Everyone who meets Cameron remembers him. His personality, his outlook on life, or just the way he makes them laugh with his comments”.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a specialist trike for Cameron at a cost of £1,923. The trike will help to improve both his strength and his independence, making him free to start living a more complete life.

2 weeks ago
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When Daisy was 2 months old she was in hospital with tonsillitis and her Mum plucked up the courage to ask the doctors in A&E if there was something not quite right with her baby girl. Daisy wasn't holding her head up or fixing and following. After lots of tests, the doctors told her mum that she had microcephaly and they didn't think she had much, if any vision. Fast forward 13 months to today and Daisy has partial sight, delayed development and low muscle tone.

Her parents wrote, “We are desperately trying to help Daisy to sit, so she can play with her big brother. We know that a squiggle system would help our little girl with her development. If we could use this alongside our physio, occupational therapy and home help, I am sure we could get her sitting at least aided.

We looked at trying to buy one for ourselves as we have seen lots of children benefiting from them, but I have had to give up my job to become her full time carer as she doesn't feed or settle with anyone ... See more

2 weeks ago

We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Poppy Yates and the NCS (National Citizen Service) for raising £172.88 for Wipe Away Those Tears.

We are truly grateful to everyone concerned for their support and generosity.

3 weeks ago

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.