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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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Angus is 2.5 years old.  He was starved of oxygen at birth, sustaining HIE grade 3 which has resulted in quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Angus is currently using a lie down baby bath seat.  He is really too big for it now and slips out of it.  Angus is unable to sit unaided.We are delighted to purchase a specialist bath seat for Angus at a cost of £315.
Sailer was born with brain damage due to lack of oxygen during labour. She was NG tube fed for the first 10 months of her life, but with lots of therapies her parents have managed to get her eating and drinking orally. She struggles with this still due to her tone issues and dystonia as a result of cerebral palsy and is completely reliant on her parents for every aspect of life. Her mum wrote, “Sailer has recently had her ophthalmology appointment at Great Ormond Street and has been prescribed glasses. She was rated
Mila is 2 years old.  She has tuberose sclerosis type 2, along with epilepsy and development delay.  Mila suffered a prolonged seizure from a temperature and the adnovirus, where she was put into an induced coma.  Unfortunately  when she woke up she had been left with brain damage and dystonia and she is now immobile.Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a specialist chair for Mila to help make her comfortable.  The cost of this is £945.  The picture shows Mila testing the chair that we have ordered.
Emily was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma with hypothalamic involvement in August 2018.  Due to the tumour,  Emily has lost all of her vision in her left eye and only has central vision in her right eye. She has just completed 16 months of various chemo to try and stabilise the tumour to contain the damage it’s causing to her eyesight. Emily is 11 now and has achieved so much whilst she’s been on treatment and even passed her 11+ exam securing herself a place at a local grammar school this coming September.  Her mum wrote to us requesting some items to get her motivated for her new school and to assist Emily with magnifying her work to enable her to see it better with her right eye. Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the equipment at a cost of £907.

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Angus is 2.5 years old. He was starved of oxygen at birth, sustaining HIE grade 3 which has resulted in quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Angus is currently using a lie down baby bath seat. He is really too big for it now and slips out of it. Angus is unable to sit unaided.

We are delighted to purchase a specialist bath seat for Angus at a cost of £315.

5 days ago
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Tilly Rose was born at 28 weeks in
January weighing one pound 4 ounces. Her mum had problems at her 20 week scan and was told that Tilly was growth restricted. She was also told that genetically something could be wrong. She was sent to Royal London Hospital every day as the oxygen Tilly was also getting from the placenta was not good.

Tilly and her mum have been in the Royal London Hospital since she was born. Tilly has managed to get her weight up to 2Ibs now. She has had a few setbacks as she may have a blockage so they are doing some investigations. She is still on high flow of oxygen and has just started blood transfusions and antibiotics as they think she may have a infection of some sort . Tilly has to have a lumbar puncture and they have just put a long line back up to give her fluid and nutrition as she can no longer have her mum’s milk as her tummy is so sore and bloated.

Her mum wrote to Wipe Away Those Tears as she was taken into hospital so long ago now and ... See more

6 days ago
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Elena is 11 years old. Before - when she could talk - she was calling herself Ellie. She has a twin sister.

Her mum wrote, “Elena was born a beautiful and healthy baby ( which is why we didn't know that something was wrong with her at this time).
She has Rett Syndrome, epilepsy and scoliosis. Rett Syndrome robbed from her a lot of her skills but didn't rob her from the joy of life. She loves playing with her twin sister or spending time with all of us but wishes that she can run around with her sister and play for as long as she can.
She is non-verbal and non-mobile, but she can talk to us with her eyegaze using her eyes. She goes everywhere with us.
Her scoliosis is 75 degrees so we have to keep her as flexible as we can.

With her last walker she loved the freedom of playing outside with us and not sitting in one place all day like usual. This is why we hope that you could help us and gift her being able to walk with us”.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase ... See more

1 week ago
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Sailer was born with brain damage due to lack of oxygen during labour. She was NG tube fed for the first 10 months of her life, but with lots of therapies her parents have managed to get her eating and drinking orally. She struggles with this still due to her tone issues and dystonia as a result of cerebral palsy and is completely reliant on her parents for every aspect of life.

Her mum wrote, “Sailer has recently had her ophthalmology appointment at Great Ormond Street and has been prescribed glasses. She was rated "good" for visual processing but has esotropia and this affects her peripheral vision and spacial awareness. We have been given lots of exercises to do (all involving apps). We need a large screen tablet in order to do this with her. It would help immensely with our daily lives.”

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the tablet and protective case for Sailer at a cost of £445.

1 week ago

Mila is 2 years old. She has tuberose sclerosis type 2, along with epilepsy and development delay.

Mila suffered a prolonged seizure from a temperature and the adnovirus, where she was put into an induced coma. Unfortunately when she woke up she had been left with brain damage and dystonia and she is now immobile.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a specialist chair for Mila to help make her comfortable. The cost of this is £945. The picture shows Mila testing the chair that we have ordered.

2 weeks ago
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Eddie is 3 years old. He suffered a traumatic brain injury at 4 months old that has left him blind, brain damaged, with cerebral palsy, sensory processing disorder and suspected autism.

The activities Eddie can take part in are very restricted and becoming more so day by day as his needs become greater and more apparent.

Eddie loves being in a swing and on a trampoline and loves movement as it gives him the vestibular input that he needs.

Unfortunately, Eddie's sensory issues and autistic traits are making it more and more difficult to take him out to the park and play with his older sister (aged 5). He hates transitions and going anywhere in his buggy or a car. Such is the distress it causes him that he starts to self harm by hitting himself with great force on the chin and throwing his head back. As a result, his world is getting smaller and smaller.

His mum wrote to us as she wants some toys and equipment to help with making their garden as sensory-friendly as possible for ... See more

2 weeks ago

Maldon Salt Company run an in-house Employee Charity Scheme, whereby all staff members are asked to select a charity close to their hearts for the Board Members to consider.

We would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to Ross Morris for nominating Wipe Away Those Tears. We are extremely grateful to the Maldon Salt Company for their kind and generous donation of £500.

2 weeks ago

Emily was diagnosed with an optic pathway glioma with hypothalamic involvement in August 2018. Due to the tumour, Emily has lost all of her vision in her left eye and only has central vision in her right eye. She has just completed 16 months of various chemo to try and stabilise the tumour to contain the damage it’s causing to her eyesight. Emily is 11 now and has achieved so much whilst she’s been on treatment and even passed her 11+ exam securing herself a place at a local grammar school this coming September.

Her mum wrote to us requesting some items to get her motivated for her new school and to assist Emily with magnifying her work to enable her to see it better with her right eye.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the equipment at a cost of £907.

2 weeks ago
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Logan is now 11 years old. She was born at 24 weeks and weighed 1lb 9oz. At three weeks old she contracted streptococcal meningitis which affected her brain and left her with cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, speech and language difficulties and non-eplieptic staring vacancies.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase an IPad for Logan to help her to be able to do speech and language at home as well as her secondary school homework. The cost of this is £380.

2 weeks ago

We are incredibly grateful to Butterflies SEN Playgroup for their generous donation of £500.