BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE COUNTDOWN
For 7 days only you can DOUBLE donations to support families of children with serious illness during the Big Give #ChristmasChallenge17. Donations received will help fund our family camps in 2018.
Family Camps are so important to Over The Wall. Not only do they provide families with a fun-filled, carefree weekend away together, but Family Camps can give parents a taste of Over The Wall magic. They may then feel more confident about sending their children to a week-long Siblings or Health Challenge camp, where their child can gain even more independence, spend time with their peers, and increase their self-belief.
Donations will be worth twice as much as their original value so there’s no better time to support our work”. And if you Gift Aid your donation it could be worth an additional 25% to Over The Wall without costing you an extra penny!
The campaign kicks off on #GivingTuesday – 28th November 2017 at midday so put a note in your diaries!
Meet the McIntosh family
Mum Julie, Dad Ewan, eight-year-old Archie and six-year-old George.
Like all parents who struggle with having a child with a serious illness, Julie and Ewan McIntosh not only had to deal their son George’s spinal brain tumour, but they also had to address the needs of their other ‘healthy’ son, Archie.
George was frustrated with being poked and prodded and only saw himself as a ‘sick child’.Whilst Archie spent most of his time being looked after his grandmother.
Thankfully an outreach nurse from Edinburgh Hospital referred the McIntosh’s to Over The Wall and suggested they attend a Family Camp. An experience that proved life changing for the family. Both boys found their confidence and independence but most importantly they were both happy again.
I was so impressed with the ethos of Family Camp, the idea of bringing everyone together. At Family Camp for the first time, there wasn’t an elephant in the room. All of the families were in the same situation. So much of the camp was just pure fun and so light hearted. It was brilliant! And it was so nice that the parents could get to know other parents who were going through the same thing – Julie