Post Pals... I think this has to be one of, if not the most amazing charities I have ever seen. As you will see at the top on the right of this blog, there is a link to their site, please click on it and go on over to read more in depth about what they do.
Post Pals is a charity that has been set up to help children who have an illness of some description or other, in the most simple of ways... each child has their own page with information on many different aspects of their lives... their interests, their age, sex, name, siblings plus siblings interests... and then it has the information on the child's illness. It starts with their initial story, of how and when they first became ill, and then there are posts from either the child themselves, if they are old enough, or from the child's parents, and this for the most part is an update on how they are doing, and what they have been up to that month.
You then can pick a 'Pal' to which you can either write to, in letter or postcard, or email form, or you can even send them a gift, if you so wish.
This is a fabulous thing to do, when the children hear the postman arrive, either at their homes, or at the hospital, their little faces light up! It's one of their favourite times of the day!
When a child becomes ill, most will find that after the initial days or weeks, sometimes even months, friends seem to drift away, and life can become very lonely. So, of course, Post Pals has helped fill that loneliness, and many of the children now have lots of friends, all over the world!
The charity is run purely on the kindness and generosity of the public, and of course is always needing more friends, or 'Pals'!
So, if you feel like you can invest a little time to write to or even send a small gift to one or more Pals, please do click on the link at the top of the page. There are rules and regs on what you can send, so please go to the FAQ's page, and this will give you all the info you need.
They also do what they call 'Extra Smiles'... this is where people donate experiences for some of the children to go on, or do. So, if you feel that you are able to donate something, maybe you work somewhere, or know someone who would be able to arrange something a child would love, then please let them know. Once again, there is a link on their page with more information on this.
I have only covered the very basic aspects of this wonderful charity, there is so much more to it, and only by going to their site can you really find a better explanation.
So, please do. I can not stress enough how wonderful they are and what they do is. As the link at the top of my blog says, make a child smile. Please.