Extra Smiles

15 May 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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March 2017 – Mermaid & Shark Tail Blankets

15 May 2017

This month we sent all of our pals either mermaid or shark tail blankets. These cosy blankets made perfect gifts for our pals as they can use them to wrap around themselves, keep warm and relax on the sofa or in bed with! The Extra Smiles Team chose these blankets especially as they manage to combine an element of fun as well as providing a source of comfort. This Extra Smiles Project is just one example of what Post Pals are able to achieve with donated funds. Thank you so much to all the people that support Post Pals. Without your support, these extra special projects and treats would not be possible so we are most appreciative. 

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February 2017 – Bubble Helium Balloons!

13 April 2017

February was a fantastic month for our Extra Smiles Project. We managed to cheer all of our pals up by sending them all a 22″ helium bubble balloon each! The great thing about these particular balloons is that the last a lot longer…some up to 6 weeks! We had a great response and were inundated with photos of our pals with their balloons which was absolutely fabulous! In the words of Winnie The Pooh….’Nobody can be uncheeered by a balloon’! We would love to share these photos below with everyone.

I was also sent a bubble balloon this month whilst I was in hospital so a very special ‘Thank You’ to Vikki! I absolutely loved it! I have to say being on the receiving end of post when things are tough makes you realise just how special Post Pals is to all of our seriously ill children. It really made a difference and brightened up my day so I can only imagine what Post Pals must mean as a charity to all of our pals and their families. A very special ‘Thank you’ to everyone who kindly donates to Post Pals, without your support projects like these would not be possible.

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January 2017 – Toasted Marshmallow Sets

27 March 2017

We wanted to brighten up the ‘January blues’ by sending our pals something different and unique. So for January’s Extra Smiles Project we decided to send out toasting marshmallow kits. We thought that these sets would be perfect for our pals as most of them have a sweet tooth so we knew that they would enjoy these delicious treats for sure! The sets included the burner itself as well as different flavoured marshmallow sweets ready to toast. We had some excellent feedback from running this Extra Smiles Project. Holly’s Mum sent us in a ‘Thank You’ email which we would love to share with you all…

‘Just want to say a massive thank you to The Extra Smiles Team for the amazing marshmallow toasting kit. Holly has been struggling lots lately as she can’t maintain her temperature so has been unable to get out. When this kit arrived, it really made us all smile so much and as you can see by Holly’s eyes, she was smiling all the way through. Thank you for creating these very special moments for us. Lots of Love From, Holly S and Family xxx’

Below are some wonderful photos of some the smiles that this project helped to create. We make the most out of every single donation given to Post Pals and put great thought into what monthly gifts we send out to our pals. With your help and kindness, these Extra Smiles Projects become a reality for our pals and help them smile during difficult times. A very special ‘THANK YOU’ to every single one of you who helps make a difference to Post Pals!!!

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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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