Back in 2015 we started to sponsor different children's charities each month. We donated a selection of learning aids, toys and games - with the sole aim of providing items that will make a real difference to many children. Also, each month we gave some well-deserved exposure to the chosen Charity in order to raise awareness of the amazing work that they do and what others can do to support them further.
The wonderful people at The Entertainer Limited (www.TheToyShop.com) also agreed to jointly support our pledge which has allowed even more families to benefit with bigger donations.
As with everything, we are limited by our budget and can only do so much to help, so in order to make he biggest difference to these communities each month, we have also turned to our members to ask for their support...
We completely understand that money is tight for a lot of our members and that charity donations are probably hard to justify, but by just offering some of your time this is considered just as valuable. We have tried to choose a range of children's charities that reach across the UK, so we are hoping that some of our members are located in areas close to at least one of them and would consider offering some time to help in fundraising activities. We know that the charities would be very grateful and if it means it helps to support bringing a smile to just one child's face - its worth it.
Get Me Out The Four Walls - Parent Support
Our last charity donation of 2019 went to Get Me Out The Four Walls. This is a Charity that only became registered in 2018, but it was started back in 2015 by just one mum who wanted to get local parents out of their houses to prevent the feeling of isolation and loneliness. They rely solely on receiving funding and donations to continue the great work that they do, so it was an easy donation choice for us, with us feeling humbled by Kelly's comments;
Thank you so so much for your kind toy donation. This has enabled our Stay and Play at Castle Quarter to be enjoyed by our mini members. We have seen so many smiley faces thanks to the new toys. Such a generous and kind donation. Thanks again Bargain Buys for Busy Mums.
Get Me Out The Four Walls - Website: https://www.getmeout.org.uk/
Providing support for parents in the East Anglia area - from organising group events to 1 on 1 peer support and postnatal depression specific social meets with their ambassadors.
Leicestershire Partnership - Integrated Physical & Mental Care
Our next charity donation of 2019 went to the people of Leicestershire and Rutland. We were pleased to help this unit that is part of the NHS trust, who need all of the volunteers that they can get to help improve the well-being of individuals in their community. It is great knowing that our contribution went to where it was needed the most, as stated from Rosie, Lead Family Support Practitioner;
These will be used for our respite team who provide respite care in the family home with children who have complex health care needs - much appreciated by our team!
Leicestershire Partnership - Website: https://www.leicspart.nhs.uk/
Providing care and support to one million people. With a simple vision to improve the health and wellbeing of people in their community by providing high quality, integrated physical and mental healthcare pathways.
BCSY - Bereaved children of York
Our next charity donation of 2019 went to Bereaved Charity Support in York. It is so crucial that children are given the support when they experience the death of a parent, sibling or other significant person who was in their lives. There are monthly drop-in peer support grous where children in the same situation can come together for fun, toys and craft activities. Jo Cole, founder took a photo and said that despite the faces of the children, they were delighted, adding these lovely comments;
Thank you so much for choosing us to receive August’s toy donation. It allowed us to get some new toys, games and crafts to use at our monthly drop-in session for bereaved children and families. We had our first drop-in of the new term on Saturday and the kids were thrilled! The garage, Lego sets, play dough and dolls were particularly popular! Thank you again.
Bereaved Charity Support York - Website: http://www.bcsy.org.uk/
An organisation that looks to support bereaved children and families in the York Area. Started by a lady who knows first hand how difficult it can be to go through a tragic loss and still have to be there for her child.
Seren's Wish - Toy Appeal for children
We went back to our first principles with our first charity donation of 2019, with 'Seren's Wish'. This demonstrates the purest level of kindness that is within our children - as this was started by an 8 year old girl when she was realised that there are so many children that were not as lucky as she was on Christmas day! Seren and her massively supportive family were over-joyed with our contribution;
Thank you so much. This amazing toy donation has certainly boosted her stock pile and will make many children very happy. ”
Seren's Wish - Facebook page: <Serens Wish-Toy Appeal>
Toy collections and donations organised by Seren and her family that are then passed on to underprivileged children, so they have a better Christmas!
Chelsea's Angels - Helping Children Diagnosed with Cancer
Our next charity donation of 2018 went to Chelsea’s Angels, an amazing charity who are based in Northamptonshire. The back story behind this charity is that a 3 year old's last wish before passing away was for her Mummy and Daddy to help other poorly children with her disese. We only wish we could do more, with these lovely comments coming from 'Team Chelsea';
We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported our charity in the voting, it was lovely to see. Thank you to you and your team for what you do in supporting charities like ours. This donation is amazing and will a long way to supporting the children our charity helps. A huge thank you also to The Entertainer for supporting your pledge, this is a fab way to help charities and we are truly grateful. Thank you everyone x”
Chelsea's Angels - Website - https://www.chelseasangels.co.uk
They spent over a year trying to raise funds to take Chelsea to America for potentially life saving treatment. But they sadly ran out of time as the disease took hold of their little girl around June 2009. Chelsea lost her brave fight on 9 August 2009, but before she passed away, her parents promised her they would help other poorly children just like her. They help as many children as they can, but they need support, so to find out more or to contribute to this great cause, just visit their site.
Children Bereavement Centre - Specialist Support
Our first charity donation of 2018 went to a specialist support centre in Nottinghamshire. We were humbled that our donation was gratefully received, with this comment coming from Kate Baxter, Charity Director;
On behalf of all the children and young people who are now and will receive support from the Children’s Bereavement Centre, we are absolutely thrilled and grateful for your very generous donation of a wide variety of toys which will be utilised to help children explore painful events due to a bereavement through the natural medium of play”.
Children's Bereavement Centre - Website: http://www.ChildrensBereavementCentre.co.uk
This registered charity supports local children and their families affected by death or terminal illness. The unique centre is a central hub that caters for children, young people and their families from Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire who are affected by terminal illness or death of a loved one. They can access the support and guidance they need during these tough times. They have tough funding constraints and are continually looking for clinical volunteers to joint their team, so to find out more or to help contribute to this great cause.
Scotty's Little Soldiers - Helping Bereaved Children
Our last charity donation of 2017 went to the well deserving charity that supports children of bereaved British armed forces. We received this comment from founder, Nikki Scott;
A massive thank you to the team at Bargain Buys for Busy Mums! These amazing items will be sent out as birthday gifts; our members will love them! We cannot thank you guys enough for your kindness and generosity.
Scottys Little Soldiers - Website: http://scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/
Inspired by the experience of Army widow Nikki Scott, the charity is dedicated to providing support from the effects of bereavement on young people. There a 3 main programmes that provide key assistance - Smiles, Support & Strides - all with the aim to help the lives of children. To find out more regarding how you can get involved in one of the many projects they run, just visit their site.
The Play Specialists - Children's Ward at Addenbrooke's Hospital
Our first donation in 2017 went to the play specialist team who work in the Children's ward at Addenbrooke's hosptial. We have experienced first hand how this team can really help to make the whole Hospital experience that little bit more bearable for the children undergoing treatment and aftercare. It was lovely getting a personal note from Carol Garner, one of the play specialist team members, with this comment;
Dear Amanda, Thank you so much for all the wonderful toys you sent us, we really appreciate it. It was a real pleasure working with Dylan.
Addenbrooke's Hospital - Play Specialist Team - Website: http://www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk/
The Hospital itself needs no introduction with it being internationally renowned for the care it provides. But it's not just the remarkable surgeons that make the Hospital so outstanding, it's the care and attention from all of the supporting teams, with the play specialist playing such an important role in the road to recovery. The team rely on charitable donations that allow them to give presents to children receiving care, so to find out more regarding how you can help and donate, visit their site.
'Neptune Unit' - Children's Ward at Southend Hospital
Our last donation in 2016 went to a children's unit that is close to the heart of one of our admin team, with the care and support received during tough times being considered as second to none. With the Neptune unit relying on charitable donations by patients, the local community and businesses, our gifts were welcomed, with these comments from the staff of the 'playroom team';
From a hospital point of view being here can be scary time for children so we like to make it a home from home in our playroom. As we recieve no funding and rely on donations, this generous donation is very much appreciated and is sure to make a lot of children feel at ease during their stay here.
Southend Hospital - Children's Ward - Website: https://www.southend.nhs.uk/support-us/fundraising/
The children's ward cares for over 3000 children each year with their highly-skilled and experienced team providing high quality care in a friendly environment where the needs of children come first. Both inpatient and outpatient care are crucial for children with medical and surgical conditions. To find out more regarding how you can help with fundraising, visit their website.
'Wipe Your Tears' - Hospice Support
The first sponsored Charity for 2016 was one that has been helping seriously and terminally ill children and their families since 2004. We were able to really maximise what could be given this month as Wendy Hutchins, their Chief Executive, chose most items from sale section at The Entertainer - so this is a lady the BB4BM team could really relate to! We were all pleased that Wendy was delighted with what she received;
Thank you so very much. This is much appreciated and the toys are very welcomed as part of our cuddle bag project.
Wipe Your Tears - Website: https://www.wipeyourtears.org.uk/
Damian McCoy, Chairman of Wipe Your Tears, watched a program about the plight of unwell children throughout the UK and the effects that serious illness has on their loved ones. That television show led to many conversations and ideas on how to help these children. From that moment, Wipe Your Tears was born with their view that if they could make a seriously ill child smile for one minute, they would. Their simple mission statement is: "If you wipe your tears, we will help you smile". All of their services rely on sponsorships, donations and vounteers, so to find out more visit their site.
'Keech' - Hospice Care
Our final sponsored Hospice for 2015 was Keech - one of only a handful that provide services to both adult and children's at the same site. The children's health care team specifically requested toys that support knowledge and understanding of the world, so naturally we done the best we could in what we supplied. We were pleased to hear from Steve, their regional fundraiser, that the donations went down well;
You do such amazing work for charities, thank you for making a difference to the children we care for with life limiting conditions.
Keech - Website: https://www.keech.org.uk/
Experts at providing emotional and practical support for those diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. The adult service provides care for patients primarily from Luton and South Bedfordshire, while their children's service cares for children across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes. There is ample provision at the hospice for play and recreation, as well as specialist facilities for therapies and learning. This helps patients enjoy the highest quality of life, while also providing vital support for their family and friends. All of their services are provided free of charge to all, so to find out more and understand how you can offer your support, please visit their site.
'Bluebell Wood' - Children's Hospice
As the case with all of our monthly chosen hospice's, this donation went to a well deserving Children's hospice that constantly goes above-and-beyond in order to provide the best care for their patients! It was great that we were able to provide a good collection of sensory toys and craft materials that were specifically requested. These were happily received, with volunteer co-ordinator Sandra Hind, commenting;
Wow! What a great selection of sensory toys – these will be fabulous as presents for our smaller children at our Xmas party and they really do take account of the special needs they have. Thank you so much for for the time and care you have taken to select appropriate gifts.
Bluebell Wood - Website: www.bluebellwood.org
The Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is located in Sheffield and it offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy. It is a place filled with laughter and love, giving families the chance to relax, take a break and have fun - along with helping support the whole family. There is a team of more than 110 dedicated staff members who provide the best possible care in both their hospice and the community.They support the whole family and offer a range of services including; day care, respite care, end of life treatment and care, community support, young adults group. See more info on their site.
'Derian House' - Children's Hospice
Our October donation went to the Lancashire based Children's hospice called Derian House who are renowned throughout the region as being at the forefront of children's palliative and respite care. The toys, games and craft materials that we donated are to be used directly by the children receiving care, but also to go a very small way towards supporting some of their fundraising activities. One of the community fundraising team members, John Rullo, gratefully received the donation;
It felt a little bit like Christmas when I was going through the boxes! An official thank you letter will be sent in the post, thanks again!
Derian House - Website: www.DerianHouse.co.uk
A range of care and support services are offered to meet individual needs including; short planned breaks in Derian House, Hospice at Home, sibling support group, end of life care and support at home, or in Derian House, and bereavement support after the death of a child. They are currently supporting more than 300 families who have a child with a life shortening illness, and a further 200 who are receiving bereavement support. The cost of providing this high level of care and support will be in excess of £3 million this year, and in the absence of any significant statutory funding, most of that money will come from their own efforts. Take a look at their 'Support Us' section on their website to see how you can help.
'Demelza' - Hospice Care For Children
The main focus with our September donation was to provide sensory toys for the children that are cared for by the Demelza hospices. This meant that although our overall bundle was slightly smaller in volume this month, we were able to give quality, brand name products in the majority. Genevieve and Sarita from the Care Services team kindly gave comment;
It really is very much appreciated by everyone at Demelza. Thank you for thinking of us and for all your support, it really is very kind of you.
Demelza - Website: www.Demelza.org.uk
There are two hospices that make up the foundation of Demelza, one in Kent and one in South East London with both providing a large range of hospice and care services to children, young people and their families. One of their aims is to make the most of every moment that the child or young person spends at Demelza. Parents have described having the opportunity of an undisturbed night's sleep as pure luxury. There is also the Demelza Community team that provides a hospice at home service for children in East Sussex and parts of South West Kent. See their 'Get Involved' section on their website for more information on how you can help to support this great charity.
'Time Is Precious'
Toys and games were again the focus of the donation in August and with this charities key objective being to directly support children and parents whilst they are in hospital, we are pleased to hear that our donation will be put to good use immediately! Charity founder, Nicky Halford, had some kind words to say;
We received the fantastic package today, thank you, thank you, thank you. Absolutely amazing. All items are wonderful.
Time Is Precious - In Memory of Ben Halford - JustGiving page: <TimeIsPrecious>
Unlike most of the other charities that we have helped, this is 100% voluntary run, set up after the Halford's lost their 5 year old son, Ben, from a brain tumour. Their goal is to continually try to make hospital environments & facilities better for children and their families whilst they are in hospital, because there is no question that this time is extremely stressful and the time they have is precious! The help is targetted towards the hospitals where Ben received his care; Bristol Children's Hospital, Royal United Hospital Children's Centre in Bath and the Yeovil Hospital. See their website for more information on how you can help to support this well deserving and hard working charity - a good place to start is with their Event Calendar or their justgiving page.
'Helen & Douglas House' Children's Hospice
Toys where the focus of this donation in July and we managed to send 4 boxes full. We know that our donation is small when looking at what this hospice needs in order to keep providing their excellent level of care, but it was great to get some positive feedback directly from the team that will be directly making use of the toys.
Thank you so much for your very generous donation of toys to Helen and Douglas House! Your gifts will help make a difference to the short lives of very sick children and young adults, as well as to their families. We have had some very positive feedback from our Play Specialists who have said the toys are great and you’ve obviously really thought about what you’ve sent us!
Helen & Douglas House - Website: www.Helenanddouglas.org.uk
They care for terminally ill children, young adults up to 35 and their families through exceptional hospice care. They provide their astonishing care over a wide area of the UK - across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and also parts of London. They provide medical, emotional and practical support, helping families deal with the implications of living with a child who will die prematurely, so they can make the most of their time together. As a charity they rely almost entirely on donations to support their families. Their website gives more infromation on how you can get involved to support this more than worthy cause, with some great ideas on fundraising in their 'Get Involved' section.
'Shooting Star Chase' Children's Hospice
It was great to provide this month's donation that was focussed primarily on arts & crafts as these were specifically requested in order to make the most difference. We were pleased to be told that the 6 full boxes will go to good use at both of their Hospices (Hampton & Guidford)
We have received the amazing donation of toys and arts and crafts items for the hospices. Thanks so much again for your support – we are over the moon and so will the children be! Knowing you are behind our work is so valuable to the babies, children and families supported by Shooting Star Chase.
Shooting Star Chase - website: www.ShootingStarChase.org.uk
They are a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, they are there to make every moment count. "We're involved in a fight without a happy ending, but the amazing people at this hospice help people cope and families thrive". The bespoke support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year, but it costs £9.5m a year to just maintain their current level of care, so with only 10% of that coming from the government, they rely on supporters to keep the service running. Their website gives more infromation on how you can get involved to help.
'Naomi House' & 'Jacksplace' Hospice's
We were really pleased to be able to offer another good collection of games and toys to help this joint Hospice this month. We were humbled by their response and thank you letter!
We simply couldn’t believe our eyes when we opened box after box of high quality toys and games. We are so immensely grateful to Bargain Buys for Busy Mums for their incredibly generous donation. The children in our care will spend many happy hours enjoying these very special gifts.
Naomi House & Jacksplace - website: www.naomihouse.org.uk
These hospices support families from seven counties in southern England – Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Surrey, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. They offer a full palliative care service that includes respite, emergency and end of life care for life-limited and life-threatened children and young adults from birth and into their later years. Naomi House provides individualised specialist care and much needed respite for the whole family, enabling them to feel refreshed, rested and supported through the good days, difficult days and last days. Jacksplace is their hospice for 16 years and upwards and gives life-limited young people the privacy and dignity they crave.
'Hope House' Children's Hospice
The additional help from The Entertainer meant that we were able to donate a real bumper pack of games, toys and craft products. These were gratefully received;
A huge thank you for choosing to support Hope House and for this wonderful donation that really will help
Hope House - website: www.Hopehouse.org.uk
They offer a range of services including respite and end-of-life care at their two hospices in Oswestry and Conwy. They also provide support to families at their homes in the areas of Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. Counselling and bereavement support is offered to all children, young people and family members for as long as is needed. Their team consists of experienced doctors, nurses and other care professionals that provide a service that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They have busy calendar running a number of events and have some great ideas on how to get involved with fundraising, so find out more at their website.
'Julia's House' Children's Hospice
We made two donations of sensory toys and it was great to hear the difference that they made;
These amazing toys will be fantastic for when the children come into the hospice for the respite sessions. The carers will have some new items to show the children which will be so exciting for all of them!
Julia's House - website: www.Juliashouse.org
Having a life-limited child is something that can happen to anyone – and when it does, it is absolutely devastating. Julia's House, the Dorset and Wiltshire Children’s Hospices exists to help those children and their families, providing life-changing practical and emotional support, in their hospice and in their own homes. They need to raise £4.6million this year with just 6 per cent of this coming from the government. For the rest of the income they need to run this vital service they rely on the generosity of people like you.