Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference in life, especially when it comes to the children helped by Scottish charity, Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents (CCLASP). CCLASP devotes its time and attention to bringing as much happiness as possible to children and families affected by a life-threatening illness. This includes the feelings and anxieties that go with it. By providing non-stop support and care, CCLASP brings light to children and their families when their days seem dark.
In Kind Direct has experienced first-hand how magical CCLASP’s work can be. Take Finn, a young beneficiary who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 2013, when he was just six years old. He was made to feel very special by the charity, which gave him numerous gifts during his recovery, including an iPad, a cushion – that helped him use the iPad in bed – and various toys and games received from In Kind Direct. The thoughtful gifts distracted Finn from his ordeal and made him feel happy, confident, and ready to take on the challenge of leukaemia.
In a video celebrating the 70th birthday of In Kind Direct’s Founder, HRH The Prince of Wales, Finn held back tears when he described the gifts as “the little things CCLASP knows are needed and provides, which are so lovely”. He is now well on the way towards a full recovery.
CCLASP provides support through transport to hospitals, holidays and trips, support groups and activities for children and their families. They also run numerous events throughout the year that are aimed at bringing people together and creating special moments and memories. Their showpiece event is the annual Christmas party, where hundreds of excited children and their families dance, sing, play games, and of course receive a visit from Santa! Complete with a sack full of presents for every child, the Christmas party is so popular, as it provides some much needed cheer and relief to the children and their families.
In Kind Direct is proud to support charities like CCLASP. Valerie Simpson, Managing Director of CCLASP, said “We would struggle to run most of our operation without In Kind Direct, but we would never be able to afford to buy items for the Christmas Party without you. It is amazing for us to be able to give the children the quality of presents they deserve, and there is no way it would be possible without In Kind Direct and its donors. Thank you.”
We at In Kind Direct would not be able to help children like Finn if it wasn’t for our product donor companies and the surplus consumer products they donate to our warehouse. It’s amazing to think that these products would otherwise go to waste. Finn’s presents may have been rejected by the manufacturers and retailers, but they certainly weren’t rejected by Finn.
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