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Sam is ten and his brother Tom is eight. The brothers absolutely love football, just like their dad, Duncan.
When Sam was five, his dad went to play football one evening as he did every week. Duncan, who was only 39, collapsed whilst playing and was rushed to hospital. Soon after, doctors discovered an undiagnosed critical heart condition. Sam’s mum, Beth, was told that Duncan wouldn’t survive the night. “At the hospital, I remember walking into the room and just seeing a mass of people because so many people had been trying to help him. I remember thinking, how do you tell a three and five year old that their daddy has died? I sat through the night just thinking about what am I going to tell them?”. After Duncan’s death, Beth and the boys tried to cope for a long time but Sam struggled to come to terms with the loss of his father. Two years ago, Beth found Shakespeare Hospice, a project funded by your donations, that has supported Sam with his grief since.
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This is Sophie's story. It's a difficult story, but really important. If you can donate, please go to the link in our bio bbc.co.uk/pudsey #CiN
Erica and Sophie were born sixteen weeks premature and are now twelve. Erica weighed one pound nine and Sophie just one pound six. The twins spent the first five months of their life in hospital. “For the first couple of months we weren’t really allowed to touch them. They were just on the edge of surviving” says dad, Craig.
Sophie needs a lot of care which is predominantly related to cerebral palsy that caused brain damage. Despite her challenges, she lives a full life and is very fun-loving.
Youngest sister Kyla says, “Our home is quite busy and manic… it’s probably hard for mum and dad having to look after all of us.” That's where Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People come in. Your donations pay for a play specialist, giving Sophie and the family the chance to spend quality time together. It’s their special place, where memories are made and where invaluable, family fun can happen.
Archie was 3 when Stanley was born. At two weeks the family were told Stanley had a potentially fatal inflammation of the brain, which would severely compromise his life.
For the first three years, the family learned to cope and a healthy baby girl, Daisy, was born. However things didn’t stay this way for long as Archie then became unwell and was diagnosed with Leukaemia.
The family, who were already dealing with Stanley’s condition, turned to Claire House Hospice, where both respite was offered for Stanley as well a play specialist for Archie. If you can donate please click on the link in our bio bbc.co.uk/pudsey #CiN
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Jordana and Owen want to tell you all about their Dad and their painful experience of losing him to suicide.
They have been on a very tough journey but one which was made a lot easier with the support from Penhaligon’s Friends, a project funded by your donations to help children and families going through bereavement regardless of the cause of death.
Nine year old Evie is big sister to Aidan, aged four, and Feargus, who is three years old. Feargus was born with Charge syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has left him with an array of serious health issues, including major heart problems which can be life limiting.
Like all big sisters, she's protective of her little brothers, especially Feargus. But because she cares so much, she's found his illness very hard to deal with.
Thankfully, CHAS were able to help. They already provide care for Feargus, but with funding made possible thanks to your donations, they are able to offer support to siblings who are dealing with brothers and sisters with life limiting conditions, which has really helped her to cope.
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Francesca is a children’s hospice at home nurse, which means she is providing much needed care and support for children with life limiting conditions.
Her work is invaluable as it allows the children to live the best lives they can in the time they have and do so in the comfort of their own homes. It's only possible thanks to your donations.
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Our support for the children you’ve met over the years is ongoing for as long as it’s needed. Thankfully for some it’s no longer required, but for others it remains absolutely vital. Here we catch up with four families to see how life is now for them.
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