Extra Smiles

18 February 2017

Post Pals concentrates on providing day in day out support to the Pals and their family, but once in a while we are able to arrange an ‘Extra Smile’ be it in the form of a day out or granting a wish. Post Pals doesn’t have funding for this so we rely completely on people kindly donating tickets, experiences, any contacts you have that could help us arrange them, or money to help fund them. Maybe you have tickets for something you can’t make or spare ones? Maybe you work somewhere which could provide a happy time or have an idea for an extra smile? If so, please contact us.

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Support From Swanky Portraits

17 February 2017

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We would like to say a very special ‘Thank You’ to Swanky Portraits. Towards the end of last year we were contacted by a lovely lady called Taaya Griffith who has kindly offered Post Pals to be a beneficiary of her company. Taaya has a real passion and flare for drawing. She thrives on utilising her imagination to create unique personalised gifts. In 2016, Taaya progressed her creative journey further by developing her company Swanky Portraits. Swanky Portraits offers a wonderful selection of unique gifts which are personalised with illustrations created from photographs; suitable for both adults and children alike. Their range of gifts include: personalised books, framed portraits, illustrated greeting cards and illustrated gifts.

We are lucky enough to have experienced the children’s range of personalised illustrated books and needless to say the books have been a great success with our pals. Taaya very kindly organises a personalised book for one of our pals every month. Ebonie was our first pal to receive a ‘Christmas Eve Adventure’ personalised book and she absolutely loved it! We had some wonderful feedback from Ebonie’s Mum:

‘The book- well what can I say, its fantastic! The portrait of Ebonie is perfect, it really does resemble her and the story is great too. I personally love the family photo, especially where she is off to bed and our photo is kissing her. When Ebonie received it, she had a smile from ear to ear and was fascinated that she was in a book and had her very own story! It has been shown to all the family, I feel very humbled that you chose Ebonie to have one. It will be treasured for ever and will come out every year. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.’

We are very proud to be working alongside Swanky Portraits as they offer wonderful gifts. The added touch of the personalised illustrations is what makes Swanky Portraits truly unique and different. We would like to say a very special ‘Thank You’ to Taaya for all of her hard work and efforts in helping to make our pals smile. It is wonderful people like Taaya who truly make a difference to our charity. Below are two pictures that we would like to share with everyone. One is of Ebonie with her ‘Christmas Eve Adventure’ book and one is of Harrison with his ‘Space Adventure’ book.

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Please take the time to head over to Swanky Portraits and see for yourself the great work that they do, Thankyou.

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List of Wishes

03 February 2017

Post Pals is normally about small acts of kindness but we would love with your help to grant some wishes too!

If you, your company/group/school can help then please get in touch! All granted wishes will be posted on our Extra Smiles page with pictures and we can credit anyone who helped create the wish. Our email to help is extrasmiles@postpals.co.uk

Names with a * are for children who are having an extra difficult time at the moment or who are terminally ill

The Wish List

Aidan– See Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical
Aiden Matthew– Visit to Legoland
Alfie M– Meet Youtubers DanTDM and Stampy or see Lion King
Brooke*– See Lion King
Emily– Meet Zoella
Felix B– Go to Summer in the City 2017 to meet Youtubers (tickets not released yet)
Georgia*– Sensory items for her garden, especially colourful things or things that make a noise
Harrison– Fly in a helicopter
Isla– Help at an animal shelter with cats and dogs
– Meet Youtubers DanTDM, Squid, Ashduband and Stampy
Kai– Painting materials (Canvas, acrylic paints etc)
Kennedy– Peppa Pig World or Dancing on Ice
Lilly S– See London sights and a show before losing all her vision
Meggy*– Bedroom maker overs for Meggy, brother and sister
Olivia* (sister to Pal Rocco who passed away earlier this year)- See Matilda the musical
Rossi- Meet Youtubers Sqaishey Quack and Ballistic Squid
Rowan- See a musical (Mama Mia or Shrek are his favourites)
William S*– Go to Battersea Dogs & Cats home with Paul O’Grady

We are also trying to raise £5000 to take 10 families to Chessington World of Adventures for a magical Christmas weekend away. They will stay in themed rooms, meet Father Christmas, see animals, decorate gingerbread houses, watch Christmas movies etc. If you could help towards sponsoring a family please see our fundraising page here

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November Extra Smiles Projects

03 February 2017

This month we decided to embrace in a Christmas style theme for the pals Extra Smiles Project. We decided to wait and send the children’s gifts towards the very end of November to encourage them to start to try and embrace in Christmas. The Extra Smiles Team sent out three types of gift depending on what was most suited to each individual pal. Our first idea was a melting snowman putty set whereby the child models a snowman which later melts and then the child is able to rebuild it over and over again. This sure went down a hit with our pals!!! We even had an amusing story whereby one of the snowmen melted into the carpet as he was forgotten about…Whhoopps! Secondly, we sent out a crystal penguin set whereby a scientific reaction occurs and the penguin grows special crystals. Our pals found this a very fun activity to do and thoroughly enjoyed watching the penguin change. Finally, our remaining pals were sent out a selfie Christmas photo shoot set. This was a great idea particularly for our older pals. One of our pals even used their photo set to take Christmas selfies in hospital with the hospital staff! Needless to say, all the above gifts went down an absolute storm with our pals and helped to create many smiles during the lead up to Christmas. A massive ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has and continues to support Post Pals. Your support means that we are able to run monthly Extra Smiles Projects like this which truly make a difference to our pals. When the postman knocks the door with a monthly surprise gift, it is enough to ‘create sunshine on a rainy day’ for all of our pals so THANKYOU!!

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October’s Extra Smiles Project

08 December 2016

The Extra Smiles Team were very busy in October ordering lots of fairy lights as part of October’s Extra Smiles Project. We thought with the dark nights fast approaching that our pals would enjoy having some fairy lights delivered to their doorstep to make them smile. We sent out a variety of different lights according to what suited each pals individual interests. Some of the themes of the lights which we sent out included: animals, flowers, stars and moons, minions and space! I have to say we were overwhelmed and inundated with pictures of our pals with their fairy lights. This project really went down a storm and created ‘Extra Smiles’ all round! A very special ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has kindly donated to Post Pals. With your help, extra smiles projects like this become a reality for our pals and help them through adversity. Please take the time to enjoy the pictures below to see for yourself the smiles that this project helped to create.

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September’s Extra Smiles Project

17 October 2016

For September’s Extra Smiles Project we decided to send all of our pals Klutz books. Klutz sell an extensive range of different premium activity kit books which help to inspire art and creativity. The Klutz sets provide children with crystal clear instructions combined with a silly sense of humour which is what makes the sets so fun. We thought that the Klutz books would be great to encourage our pals to engage with some sensory stimulation and creativity. We sent out different sets to each child according to their individual interests. Here are a list of some of the themed Klutz sets we sent to our pals: lego, charm making, thumb doodles, window art, nail art, doodle journals, magical horses and starwars. Needless to say, the pals were absolutely delighted with their Klutz books and they were very well received. A very special ‘Thank – You’ to everyone who has kindly donated to Post Pals. With your help, extra special projects like this become a reality for our pals and help them through difficult times.

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Extra Smiles Kite Themed Project For August

15 August 2016

For August’s Extra Smiles Project we wanted to continue our summer theme so we submitted a series of online orders of kites. The kites were then dispatched directly to all of our pals. The theme of the kite varied according to what was most appropriate for each pal from ice cream shaped kites to octopus kites to smiley face kites to stunt kites!! We decided that the kites were a great choice for an Extra Smiles Project as we thought our pals would have lots of fun either flying their kite or watching their kite fly. Additionally, we also thought that this was a great project for involving all of the family meaning that siblings could join in the outdoor fun as well! We were sent some superb pictures of our pals enjoying their kites which we would love to share with everyone. A very special ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has kindly donated to Post Pals. With your help, extra special projects like this become a reality for our pals and help them through difficult times.

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Extra Smiles Sun Catcher Project For July

12 July 2016

For July’s Extra Smiles Project we were able to send out a variety of different sun catchers to all of our pals. We selected the sun catchers individually according to what most suited the child (ie.their favourite colour) and then we placed a series of online orders.  We thought that sun catchers would make a great theme for July being that it is a summer month (although many of us are still waiting for Summer!!!). We are also aware that our children often spend a lot of time in their bedrooms resting up so we thought our pals could relax and enjoy watching their sun catchers glisten. Needless to say, this project was very well received by our pals. We had many comments on how the sun catchers brightened up their windows and caught the light by reflecting a beautiful spectrum of colours around their rooms. We were delighted to see that this months project created ‘Extra Smiles’ all round for our pals….What will be in store for August’s Extra Smiles Project?? You’ll just have to wait and see!!

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Pop-Up Cards Organised By Love Kates

24 May 2016

The Extra Smiles Team have been very busy this month working alongside a lovely lady called Kate who manages a wonderful Card and Gift shop company called Love Kate’s. Love Kate’s offers an exceptional range of Greeting, Birthday & Occasion Cards and a full range of Gift, Celebration & Party ideas online. Love Kate’s is one the largest online independent UK card retailers. Love Kate’s are committed to providing a fast, easy and reliable hassle-free shopping experience.

 

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We approached Kate as we really wanted to source some special and unique cards to send to our pals. Kate only needed to read some of the heart warming stories of our pals to realise the special work that we carry out as a charity. The work of Post Pals really struck a chord with Kate as her husband’s grandson very sadly has a life limiting condition so therefore Kate felt very empathetic towards our Post Pal families. Combining two of Kate’s passions in life: one her dedication to the greeting card industry and two the love for her own family meant that Kate very kindly wanted to support Post Pals. It was quite simple, Kate wanted to donate, not sell, 50 pop-up card to Post Pals. Kate began contacting a supplier called Second Nature who publish award winning pop-up cards. Second Nature agreed to go half and half with Kate in order to donate 50 pop-up cards to send to all of our pals. Pop-up cards are a special type of 3D card which literally pop up when you release them from the envelope. Kate very kindly hand selected a variety of different pop-up cards which were appropriate to send to our pals. The designs included: cupcakes, sunflowers, cats, shoes, sporting icons and musical instruments. These card designs were then packaged up and sent directly to our volunteer writer Annette who very kindly wrote and sent all of the pop-up cards to our pals. Needless to say, the cards went down an absolute storm with our pals! It truly made our pals’ day when the postman arrived and they were absolutely delighted to receive a fun and unique type of greeting card that many had not seen before.

Excitingly, there is more to tell you!! This is just the very start of our new connection with Love Kate’s Card and Gift Shop as Kate has now very kindly offered continued support to Post Pals. We were absolutely thrilled to hear of this wonderful news and we are very excited to work alongside Love Kates. We are delighted to inform you of an exclusive discount code which has been honoured by Love Kate’s. The code POSTPALS will automatically entitle our Post Pals supporters to receive a 10% discount off their order along with free UK delivery at www.lovekates.co.uk. This discount code has been authorised by Kate to support our volunteers to send post to our seriously ill children. Orders can be delivered either to the customer’s home address or directly to the pals address. Kate provides a free handwriting service as well so there is even the option for a card to be purchased and written by a member of the team at Love Kate’s and sent directly to a pal, therefore, saving our Post Pal supporters the cost of a stamp.

We would like to say a very big and special ‘Thank You’ to Kate from Love Kate’s Card and Gift Shop. We really do appreciate all of her hard work, effort and generosity in arranging the pop-up cards for our pals. It is special people like Kate who really do make a difference and achieve ‘extra smiles’ for our Post Pal children. Also, please can we say a very big ‘Thank You’ to Annette for kindly writing and sending the pop-up card on behalf of Post Pals.

Please take the time to look at the pictures of the pop-up cards sent to our pals and also visit Love Kate’s Card and Gift Shop website – remember to quote the discount code POSTPALS at the checkout – Thank You!

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Kennedy with her pop-up card whilst in hospital.

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Owen enjoying his pop-up instrument themed card.

Georgia's infectious smile from her pop-up card :)

Georgia’s infectious smile from her pop-up card 🙂

Aiden was chuffed to bits when he received his pop-up card!

Aiden was chuffed to bits when he received his pop-up card!

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Funko Pops for Hollypops!

03 May 2016

Our Pal Holly is a massive fan of Pop Figures after Pops for Pals sent her some.

13 year old Holly is in Great Ormond Street Hospital having major surgery with a long recovery time. Could you send her a Pop to make her smile? She would enjoy receiving any Pop but we will ask her to make a wish list and update it here.

We have kickstarted Holly’s collection of Pops by ordering her the Pop Vinyl Star Wars Chewbacca! Second on her wish list is to receive the Pop Vinyl Big Hero 6 Honey Lemon. Are you able to kindly send Holly some more Pops to add to her collection?? She is a VERY big fan of Pops and we would love to inundate her with as many Pops as we can!!!

Click onto Holly’s page for her address.

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