For many of the people who benefit from Pennies donations, having the chance to relax and meet others who share similar experiences and emotions is incredibly valuable.
Pennies beneficiary Children’s Burns Trust does just that. Its Family Therapy Programme brings together NHS professionals and families with a child who has been injured through burning or scalding. The charity hosts weekend events where parents, children with burn injuries and their siblings can meet other families in a similar position.
We’re pleased to say that your pennies have so far amounted to £10,000 for Children’s Burns Trust, which is the equivalent to the cost of 12 families attending these programmes. This would largely cover the expenses of the programme for a whole year! Did you imagine your spare change could have that impact when you donated through Pennies?
As well as giving children time to enjoy animal rescue centres or circus entertainment, these weekends offer mums and dads some adult time to meet other parents of children with burn injuries. Many parents can experience a sense of guilt surrounding the circumstances of their child’s accident and programmes like these give them a chance to meet people who can understand the emotions involved. For many, it’s a chance to learn about how others have managed with their child and to gain more knowledge about scar management and different healing processes.
The next event is being held this weekend on 27-29th April, and Pennies was delighted to hear that one of the hospitals taking part is in fact another Pennies beneficiary, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Along with patients from three other hospitals, families and staff from Alder Hey will get to enjoy a weekend of visits to see some animals, have fun at a circus and relax over a nice meal – all with the help of your pennies!