Dec 5, 2017 - 3min read
This December, Tonik will be donating £100 to inspirational children’s charity WellChild for every successful sign up in our refer-a-friend scheme. Our goal is to give £100,000 to WellChild before the year is out.
WellChild is a national charity that supports seriously ill children, young people and their families. There are over 100,000 children and young people living across the UK with serious or exceptional health needs – many spending months or even years in hospital simply because there is no support enabling them to leave.
WellChild exists to meet this growing need at a time of stretched NHS resources. Through a nationwide network of children’s nurses, home transformation projects and family support services, WellChild aims to get these children and young people home as quickly as possible, giving them the best chance to thrive, together with their families.
Families in this situation have excessively high energy bills due to the need for energy-intensive equipment, often on 24 hours a day, coupled with the fact they spend more time indoors. We’re partnering with Wellchild as they want to reduce this burden on families who already have so much to deal with.
Rhys (pictured above), for example, was born prematurely in April 2014. At two weeks old he stopped breathing and had to have heart surgery. Rhys’ breathing difficulties continued and in August he got a tracheostomy which was attached to a ventilator 24 hours a day to help him breathe.
He was in hospital for 9 months and his parents had to travel for hours every day with their two- year-old daughter to see him.
Sue was a WellChild Nurse at the Evelina Hospital who was instrumental in making it possible for the family to finally bring Rhys home from the hospital in February 2015. He had to be watched 24/7, but Liz – another WellChild Nurse in East Sussex – helped the family get the nighttime cover that would provide them with a much-needed break and time to sleep.
In May 2016 Rhys went into hospital to see if he could cope without the ventilator – and hasn’t been back on it since. His consultant believed that Rhys made a quicker recovery than expected because he had been at home, running around and living a normal life.
“We still have a long way to go but we are so proud of him,” says Naomi, Rhys’s mum. “We wouldn’t have been home as quickly as we were or as smoothly without WellChild. The support has been unbelievable and it’s made us feel that we aren’t alone.”
WellChild has already had a hugely positive impact on the lives of many children and their families. Find out more out how you can support Wellchild.