May 2017 – Light Cinema Boxes

24 July 2017

This month we decided to send all of our pals cinema light boxes through the post. These light boxes have been extremely popular recently and we thought that our seriously ill pals would enjoy them too! The video below is just a small taster of how much fun our pals had with their light boxes! They made an absolutely fantastic extra smiles project particularly as our pals were able to write and share fun (some even cheeky!!) messages with their families and friends. Thank you to all of our families who kindly shared their light box photos! We were absolutely inundated with happy photos so we just had to make a small video to cherish them! Here at Post Pals, we make every donation count towards making happy smiles for our pals and this is just one very fine example. Please take the time to enjoy the video below – Thank You.

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Badge appeal for seriously ill children

22 July 2017

Post Pals has sent a lanyard to every single Pal and sibling we help and we are now appealing for help in filling up those lanyards!

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Could you send a badge to a seriously ill child? It could be from eBay, your collection or ones you pick up on days out- you could even tell the child where it came from or how you came to have the badge.

Badges can be any type, from standard backs or pins to clip ones. Just go to our Find a Pal page, select a child and send them a badge. It couldn’t be easier to make a child smile!

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Fingerprint Necklaces

17 July 2017

Post Pals has started to have finger print necklaces made for the parents of our most unwell children.

Ebonie’s Mum loves hers and said;

“My beautiful necklace that has so much meaning and made by Ebonie herself. Her finger print, her style choice and her choice of how her name was presented. Made the week before she went to sleep forever, I am so thankful we were able to make the before she left.

Thank you Post Pals for such a precious gift, I love it and I know Ebonie would too, its made exact how Ebonie described it.”

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Post Pals would like to be able to offer these to all our families whose children have a life threatening condition but at £60 each we are currently unable to.

If you are able to contribute towards or sponsor a necklace we have a Justgiving page dedicated to this project.

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Malachi’s wish to be famous

17 July 2017

Malachi’s wish is to be famous, he already has over 13,000 followers on Facebook and enjoys making videos.

A volunteer decided to help make Malachi even more famous by creating him a website, YouTube channel, and giving him a banner and business cards. We hear every single member of staff at the Marsden now has his business card!

Here is Malachi interviewing people at the Post Pals party.

Check out his site www.malachityler.co.uk and don’t forget to follow him on social media!

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April 2017 – Sunflowers

25 June 2017

With summer fast approaching around the corner we decided to send all of our pals sunflower growing kits this month. We thought that this would be an interesting project for our pals to focus on by spreading some seeds of happiness and joy! Sunflowers are so bright and colourful that we thought it would help to create a little ray of sunshine to brighten up each and everyone of our children’s worlds. 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. By supporting a small charity like Post Pals, you are supporting our dream to make seriously ill children smile during difficult times. We cannot thank each and every single one of you enough who helps make a difference to Post Pals!!!

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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!

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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

Please excuse any errors or lay out issues on this page, it is being worked on

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. We have a Justgiving page to donate to wishes here

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

The Wish List

 

Aaron- Lazy spa hot tub to help his muscles and to relax currently reduced to £325 at Tesco

Amy*- To visit Disneyland Paris (around £1000)
Aiden Matthew– Visit to Legoland (he did go but became unwell soon after arriving and had to leave). Cost £500

Alan– Weekend at Flamingoland £400
Alfie M– Meet Youtubers DanTDM and Stampy or see Lion King
Bethany– Nintendo Switch, like this
Brooke– See Lion King
Emily– Meet Zoella

Finn M– Meet Jeremy Clarkson or James May and go in a Lamborghini
Felix B– Go to Summer in the City 2017 GRANTED
Georgia*– Sensory items for her garden, especially colourful things or things that make a noise

Grace M- Visit Longlete and feed giraffes (£150)
Harrison– Fly in a helicopter
Isla– Help at an animal shelter with cats and dogs

Izzy- Fluffy unicorn GRANTED
Jack S- Meet Youtubers DanTDM, Squid, Ashduband and Stampy
Kai- Painting materials (Canvas, acrylic paints etc(£350)
Lilly S- See London sights and a show before losing all her vision

Lewis B- Meet the Arsenal team

Lottie*- Stay at Legoland

Mason*- Centre Parcs holiday (around £1000 as they are a large family)

Malachi- To be famous GRANTED
Olivia* (sister to Pal Rocco who passed away earlier this year)- See Matilda the musical

Rachel- Avengers premier
Rowan- See a musical

Tayen- Legoland stay
William S*- Go to Battersea Dogs & Cats home with Paul O’Grady

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