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6 days ago

Bleu was born at 24 weeks weighing 680 grams. She had a 10% chance of survival and lived in two separate NICUS for the first 8 months of her life.
She suffered an array of medical complications and her parents were told on several occasions she would not survive. She is now a happy, content and bubbly 5 year old girl attending a specialist setting.

She was ventilated for 3 months, CPAP, vaper therm, nasal cannulas and came home on oxygen due to Chronic Lung Disease.

She could not feed and came home with an NG tube, she still does not eat and relies fully on her PEG tube feeds.

She had emergency eye surgery (ROP) as her retinas were imminently about to detach at 7 weeks old. The surgery saved her main vision but she has no peripheral or 3D vision and now wears glasses. She is registered on the blind/visually impaired register.

A mass was found on her brain in the early weeks and since been diagnosed with Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) and Spastic Cerebral Palsy. ... See more

1 week ago

Isabella is 15 years old. She is severely disabled, epileptic and has a compromised immune system. She is chair bound and doesn’t have any head or trunk control.

Isabella has always liked lights and in particular bubble tubes.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase a bubble tube for Isabella at a cost of £410.

1 week ago

Dylan is 16 and has cerebral palsy, scoliosis and Asperger’s syndrome. He uses a wheelchair at all times, as he is unable to walk or stand unaided.

He is currently recovering from major spinal fusion surgery for his scoliosis, which he had at the beginning of September and he has worked really hard to get back into his usual wheelchair and back to school full time, so he will be able to take his GCSEs. Dylan is unable to maintain a good upright position independently and at the present time he uses a standing frame which he needs to be transferred in and out of therefore limiting his independence. He has trialled an Easy Stander on the advice of his physio and he was able to transfer in and out of the frame independently and maintain a great standing position comfortably.

Dylan would be able to use this standing frame around the home and it would enable him to develop independent skills. This frame would be a one-off purchase, as it will support him into adulthood. It ... See more

1 week ago

Ryan is 16 years old and has Downs Syndrome, related learning difficulties and speech and language delay. Ryan also has an underactive thyroid, for which he is medicated daily.

Ryan would really love to get out in the world, but needs a lot of support. Ryan's brother has high functioning Autism, so although he doesn't have learning difficulties his life is quite restrictive so they are unable to have family days out.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to fund a weekend away for Ryan to go with a supervised group that he belongs to, at a cost of £490.

1 week ago

An email we received yesterday:

“Jake is 17 and is a very sociable lively lad who has Downs Syndrome and a hearing impairment. He loves to be outdoors in all weather and really has far more energy than his two sisters and me put together. I am a full-time working single mum of 3 and have very little money for extras which would include trips out and holidays.

Jake has been given the opportunity to stay on a working farm for a week during the summer holidays, along with friends his age being cared for by an amazing team from Southend Toy Library at a cost of £2000, which is way out of my budget. I am therefore requesting your help to consider helping fund this wonderful experience for Jake though I do realise it's an awful lot of money but we would be very grateful”.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to fund the £2,000 for this trip for Jake.

1 week ago

We would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to Phil Coleman and his colleagues at LV Insurance, ‘Brentwood, AD Claims’ for raising the amazing sum of £615 for Wipe Away Those Tears.

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

1 week ago

Georgia is 7 years old and was born with Bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria and bilateral ventriculomegy, both of which are brain malformations. These lead to Georgia having global developmental delays, learning disabilities, epilepsy, etc. She is unable to walk unaided, she is non-verbal and is mentally about 12 -18 months old. She uses a wheelchair, attends physio sessions to help increase her mobility and is a beautiful little girl with a big smile.

Her mum said, “Taking Georgia out and about is very challenging. She often gets distressed as she doesn’t always understand what’s happening and where she is. We distract her with toys and books as much as possible, but often a trip out with her is short and we have to head home. On a recent hospital appointment in London, my sister lent us her iPad which runs on data and doesn’t require a WiFi signal, to help keep Georgia happy and entertained for the day and it worked absolute wonders! We’ve borrowed it occasionally ... See more

1 week ago

Orla is 17 and has Downs syndrome with associated health issues. She is monitored with regards to her hearing and her thyroid at Basildon hospital. She particularly struggles with her weight and walks with a flat footed heavy gait. This causes her to struggle walking distances and she is reluctant to go out on long trips, as she often ends up with very painful feet.

Her mum said, “She is very sociable and loves going out to a club who offer day, weekend and holiday breaks. Unfortunately I am a single parent and the money does not stretch far enough to offer her the opportunity to attend one of their breaks away.

In particular they are arranging a break in the May half term to Disneyland Paris. The cost is £1,000, to cover the trip including the accommodation and supportive care provided by their fantastic young staff. It would be so lovely if Orla had the opportunity to go and enjoy it with her friends and feel like a teenager away without her mum.

If you are able to consider ... See more

1 week ago

Marley Is 15. He has scoliosis and low muscle tone which affects his walking, so it takes a long while to get anywhere when he leaves his house. He is non-verbal, has hearing loss and is vision impaired.

Life is very difficult as his Mum has no support and suffers with her own mental health.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase items requested to help Marley and his mum at a cost of £840.

1 week ago

Rosie is 12 and has Downs Syndrome, visual impairment and other difficulties.

Her mum said, “I make a lot of sacrifices to give Rosie the best life I can and don’t go out or buy myself anything. It would be so lovely to be able to afford to send Rosie on some of the Toy Library events that are available to children, but this is way out of my budget. They do wonderful trips, with staff who I know and trust and work on a one to one basis. She would be with children of similar age and abilities.
I would be so grateful if your charity would be able to help Rosie and myself”.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to fund a series of sessions for Rosie at a cost of £850. We hope that Rosie has a wonderful time.

2 weeks ago

Enis is 3 years old and has Downs syndrome. He also has respiratory, cardiac and thyroid problems and is partially deaf in his left ear.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the items required to help with Enis’s development at a cost of £850.

2 weeks ago

Enis is 3 years old and has Downs syndrome. He also has respiratory, cardiac and thyroid problems and is partially deaf in his left ear.

Wipe Away Those Tears are delighted to purchase the items required to help with Enis’s development at a cost of £850.