Welcome to Dairygold visitors #MakeaMinute

24 April 2018

Hello, welcome to any new volunteers who have joined us from Dairygold Make a Minute campaign- encouraging people to use an extra minute to make a difference. What better way is there to use a spare minute than to make a seriously ill child or sibling smile?

Its simple, just choose a child from our site and send them a cheerful message! Friendly emails are nice but nothing beats getting a happy card in the post does it?

If you are a business or community group you could hold a day/lunch hour where you get everyone volunteering. The Discovery channel have done this for the past 2 years. 

We ask you don’t expect a reply as the children are very unwell and their parents are busy looking after them but if you join our Facebook Official group you might just see the child smiling with your post!

If you are stuck for what to say we have a helpful guide here, and if you aren’t sure what to send then what about a postcard from where you live? All our children have recently been given a lanyard to collect pins and badges on so they would go down well too!

We pride ourselves on asking people just for their time rather than their cash but we do rely on donation to keep our work going- not to pay salaries or expenses (we are 100% volunteer run from home) but so we can send TLC parcels, make finger print necklaces for the mothers of terminally ill children, provide an annual party, take the families away for a fun weekend every 18 months etc etc. If a business or charity would like to sponsor a project we can work with you to find the right one for you, 100% of the money will be used on the project and we will feed back pictures and responses from families.

If you are in any doubt as to how using your extra few minutes to send a card can help a terminally ill child then please read how it helped Ebonie who has sadly since passed away.

Thank you for Making a Minute for Post Pals!

Ebonie post

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Chessington week 1 (of 3!)

24 April 2018

Post Pals held its first of 3 weekends at Chessington World of Adventures, welcoming 80 people.

The families had an amazing time. They went on lots of rides and saw lots of animals. Best of all though they made new friends and grew in confidence. Some of the children who attended didn’t have any friends but now do! Ruby sent us a lovely video saying she had ‘sooooooo much fun and it was just what I needed’, her sister Holly has been in intensive care for the past 3 months so a weekend of 1:1 time with her Mum was very important for her.

Girls having fun

We also organised some extra surprises. Birthday cakes, gifts and balloons for 4 children. Thank you to people who have been donating to our Justgiving page, we were able to put gifts the rooms. Issy refused to believe it was from Post Pals and decided they were magic gifts as they had just appeared! The families also had amazing animal experiences, with half the families meeting and gently touching a Rhino and the other half hand feeding 5 giraffes. Faiths family had a special meeting with the giraffes and spent 40 minutes with them having a great time and Faith did her first smile in 10 months!

Faith

Everyone had a fantastic time and it is all thanks to everyone who kindly donated or fundraised for us.

Mason’s family posted saying

“Thank you for a great weekend, it was truly precious memory making days and spent with other families who just get how life is for us all”

Mason's Family

River’s family said;

“We have had a lovely weekend with Post Pals. Thank you for everything you do for our family. I love how Post Pals never forget the rest of the family and make us all feel special. Vikki your amazing, you, your mum, Dad and volunteers all have hearts of gold. Been so lovely to see you all. The pictures us, up how happy you make people. Best charity EVER!!!”

River's family

 

Some more pictures

Skylah

 

Ruby

 

giraffe

 

Meerkat

 

Safaa

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