Writing letters to incredibly sick children has been the most incredible part of my week. I am so thankful to have reached my first £100 and I can make that kindness continue in such a meaningful way.
Post Pals is the charity that aims to brighten seriously ill children’s days by asking people to write a letter or a card to them. The charity is led voluntarily by people who are sick themselves. You don’t need a lot of money to support this charity, just an envelope, piece of paper and a stamp.
My first letter was to the very cool Aiden who is five years old. Aiden loves lego, mine craft and superheroes. That’s why for Aiden who has Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, I decided to draw him his own Superhero logo and talk about my favourite superheroes.
I also had a lovely time writing to Amira, a twelve year old girl with cystic fibrosis and a love for arts, crafts and stationery. The Post Pals website suggests that you tell the children about your life so I talked about crafts I like to do and about the note
books I collect. I’ve also put a few cool sheets of origami paper in her envelope for her to craft with.
I wanted to make each letter special, personal and different to the one before. I didn’t just want to do a generic letter. It was wonderful to learn about these individuals and to find things in common with the 6 year old children and the teenagers.
Post Pals encourage that you write to the siblings of the child as well so they are not left out. It just so happens the sister of Amira is also one of the children on Post Pals and life with Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa. I had the best hour drawing a magical world for this lover of fairies, magic and princesses and then I wrote a story to go along with it.
I have loved talking about my love for space with Harrison and my love for Frozen with Issy, telling theatre lover Jude about being an actor and talking about everything girly with Lilly.
Writing a letter doesn’t take long, you don’t need to be the best writer or the best artist, just send a child a little bit more joy in their day.
To write your own letter go to:
-Click on ‘find pals’ or ‘TLC’.
-Choose a child to write to
-Write a letter (read the FAQ for advice).
-Send the letter and make a sick child smile.