We know it’s early, but…

29 September 2012

JINGLE BELLS AT THE READY!!

We are doing the Elf and Reindeer schemes again this Christmas as they create lots of smiles, but we need YOUR help. Could you use your imagination, send a Christmas card or do a ‘shoe box’ of smiles?

Maria is being the “Head Reindeer”. A Reindeer is someone who is assigned a young child and sends 9 cards during the month of December, one from each reindeer, talking from the reindeers perspective i.e. talking about the sleigh getting full, getting ready for the big night, loving carrots being left out etc. It is not only fun for the child receiving the cards, but also for the volunteers getting to do imaginative writing. In the past one girl believed the reindeer wrote to her as she helped look after her disabled brother. Another little boy was very relieved as Father Christmas definitely knew he was in hospital so wouldn’t be missed out.

If you would like to volunteer to be a reindeer please send an email to Maria at maria.carney5@btinternet.com

Jen is being our “Head Elf”. She will assign an Elf (volunteer) to every child and the elf then gathers gifts up to the value of £15 and sends them in December. It is a little like the Christmas shoe box appeals we are all familiar with. Anyone of any age can be an elf, whether it’s little children picking gifts which they think someone their age would like, or adults who now have a good excuse to buy that pink fluffy present! We like to assign 2 Elves to every child as in the past people have committed to being an Elf but then not sent anything (or let us know they couldn’t continue) so that means we have 240 volunteers to find!

If you would like to volunteer to be an Elf please send an email to Jen at postpalsmonthlyprojects@hotmail.co.uk and include how many children you would like to be an Elf too, and any requirements i.e. a young girl. We have a particular problem finding volunteers for teenage boys so if you would be happy to take one on please let Jen know.

You can of course send Christmas cards or gifts (of any size or value) to individual children by following the “5 Easy Steps” on the home page.

After writing this I will post an email, please consider forwarding it to friends, family, posting on blogs, message boards etc. Hopefully we can bring lots of sparkle to families who have had a very difficult year.

I will sign off with a little poem which I like,

I heard a little Christmas
in the laughter of a child
I saw a little Christmas
in a snowman’s jolly smile,
I felt a little Christmas
when I have a gift away…
Just little things…
An yet they filled my heart
with joy today…

Take care, Vikki

Nikita with a bear from her elf, (Nikita passed away on Christmas Eve)

Email to send.

Hello, this Christmas I’m planning on making some sick children smile simply by sending some post.

Post Pals brightens the lives of seriously ill children (most of whom are fighting cancer or going through transplants) and their siblings by featuring them on the website www.postpals.co.uk with their own page, with their story, interests and a forwarding address. Members of the public from around the world can log on and send cards, letters, emails and small gifts to brighten the child’s day and let them know someone cares. Post Pals does this all year around but at Christmas they run some special schemes.

Reindeers (volunteers) are assigned to a young child and during December they send a card from each of Santa’s reindeer, talking about anything from loving it when carrots are left out or how full the sleigh is getting. Its great fun to use your imagination and the children really enjoy it, one boy was so relieved as it meant santa definitely knew he was in hospital at Christmas and another girl thought the reindeer wrote to her as she was good in helping her mum look after her disabled brother.

The elf scheme is another project, a little like the Shoe Box appeal we all know. You’re assigned a child and you have a read their page to get to know them. Then you gather up gifts to the value of £15 and send them off to the child in December. Post Pals needs to find 240 volunteers for this so please spread the world about how to make a difference this Christmas.

You can also send christmas cards or little gifts to any child, just log onto www.postpals.co.uk click on “News” to find out how to volunteer and see how a simple gesture can make a big difference.

About Post Pals;

www.postpals.co.uk – Post a Smile on a Sick Child’s Face
Winner of Queens Award for Voluntary Services 2008
Supported by Princes Trust and Children in Need
Patron Fearne Cotton
Post Pals on the BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/3673782.stm

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New Website is Now Fully Working!

26 September 2012

Excellent News!!

The website is now fully working!

Check out some of the new features including:

* Advanced searches on the “Find Pals” page e.g. try “Peppa”, “Fire Engine” etc.

* Hover over a siblings name on a “Pals Page” and see their photo (if supplied).

* Subscribe to our Newsletter.

* Use the links to go straight to our “Twitter”, “Facebook” and “Blog” pages.

Please spread the word on the new website by the recommending the site to your friends.

If they spread the word the amount of posters and postees will soon grow.

Are you “friends” with a celebrity? Post the message about the site on their page they often have 1000’s of “friends” reading their site.

Thanks for supporting Post Pals!

Post Pals Team

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Our new website is finally here!

21 September 2012

Welcome to our brand new website! We hope you like it! 🙂

We are still adding content and ironing out creases, so please bear with us 🙂

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Sad news – Jon Paul O

07 September 2012

We are very sad to say that last night Jon Paul passed away after not getting his transplant in time. During his last year he spent most of his time in hospital but that never stopped him thinking of others, sending families messages reminding them of his motto encouraging them to remain positive and fundraising for Post Pals and the CF Trust. The week before he passed away he was able to leave hospital for a few days to celebrate his 21st birthday with his friends and family.

Here is Jon Paul, who always remained ‘positive and not negative’.

Jon Paul 29/08/1991-06/09/2012

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Our poster girl

07 September 2012

Lots of people ask me about the little girl in the ball pool who stars on our leaflets, posters and Facebook. Her name is Nicole and she was our first girl to join Post Pals.

Nicole had a large cancerous tumour wrapped around her spine. She had surgery, then developed complications and was rushed back to theatre, but sadly it was too late to save her ability to walk and Nicole was left paralysed. On top of this she underwent the maximum amount of chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy that could be given to a child of her age. The tumour was still present so they started the very anxious ‘wait and see’. Lots of post was sent to Nicole to make her smile including this balloon one day – her little sister Lauren is in the box.

I’m very pleased to say Nicole is now 13 and she is cancer free. However, she is currently in hospital following spinal surgery so we sent her another balloon.

And it turns out Lauren can still fit in the box!!!

I think our cute poster girl who has inspired thousands of people, now looks like she belongs on the front of Vogue magazine 🙂

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