I was searching Facebook one day, for giveaways and came across this lovely thoughtful charity. I think it is just the loveliest idea, which of course always needs more attention and more funding. I am looking forward to arranging a pen pal for my ten year old son to write to. As a mother if my child was sick I would with open arms embrace this beautifully thought out idea and I know it would make the world of difference, not just to my son, but to me and all that would surround him. I am lucky to have a healthy boy and I do hope it stays like that.
“Dottie the Dalmatian is a very busy dog! She sends regular letters and postcards about everything she does to her friends – seriously ill and disabled children and their siblings around Britain. Each family adopts one of Dottie’s littermates, who share adventures with the children and accompany them on hospital stays. The children love receiving Dottie’s letters in the post, and reading her stories brightens what can be very difficult days.” From Dottie Facebook page!
“Post Pals is a small charity run solely by volunteers who are dedicated to making seriously ill children and their siblings smile by the sending of cards, letters, little gifts, support and friendship. We support children aged 3 to 17 in the UK.
It was set up in 2002 by teenagers who were all ill themselves. Vikki George had the idea after finding that receiving cards in the post was the only thing that made her smile when bedbound and isolated due to very severe ME. Even today, Post Pals is still run from beds and hospital beds.
The concept is simple… we feature children on the website with a forwarding address, their interests and stories, and invite members of the public from around the world to log on and send cheerful post, as well as sending items ourselves. Volunteers range from toddlers drawing pictures, right up to an 106 year old who knitted finger puppets, and some like much loved Dottie the Dalmatian aren’t even human!
Post Pals does much more than just sending post though, so take a look through our website to learn more about what we do.” From Post Pals Website
www.dottie.org.uk (For Dottie products, all profits going to Dottie’s letter.)