Charity launches happiness grants

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Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity
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10:00am, 20th March
Little girl smiling

On International Day of Happiness, the Charity re-launches family grants to support the emotional and mental wellbeing of seriously ill children

Today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness which is a special day for people to recognise across the world that happiness is a "fundamental human goal."

To mark the occasion, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity announced the re-launch of its family grants programme as part of its new mission to focus upon the emotional and mental wellbeing of seriously ill children.

The Charity's Stronger Families Programme is now open to all children and young people with a serious long-term health conditions (excluding cancer) in the UK whose families are experiencing financial hardship.

The Charity works with social workers and healthcare professionals who apply on behalf of seriously ill children and their families. The Charity provides grants of up to £500 to provide a variety of support including;

  • respite care or family days out
  • play, art or music therapy sessions
  • equipment or expenses so children can join in activities with their friends

Debbie Betts, finance and grants officer at Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity said: "We know there are thousands of families across the UK who can benefit from our programme. These families often face huge pressures and it can be a challenge to stay emotionally and psychologically strong. Yet there is more support available to address their immediate physical or financial pressures. However, their emotional and mental needs are just as important, and we aim to help fill that gap."

One family recently helped through the Charity's Stronger Families Programme is Matilda, a five year old with rare, life-limiting Batten disease, and her mum. Soon after Matilda was diagnosed, she began taking part in a new clinical trial in London. This means that every fortnight, they travel a long distance to London for Matilda to undergo intensive medical examinations.

Trying to balance the clinical trial, ongoing medical care, school and financial constraints were placing an enormous mental, physical and emotional strain on Matilda’s mum. She was also worried about Matilda’s quality of life since they had very little opportunity to have fun and relax as a family.

With help from Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity Stronger Families Programme, Matilda and her mum were able to spend a day at Peppa Pig World. 

Matilda’s mum said: “Matilda absolutely loved Peppa Pig World. Life has not been easy with taking part in the clinical trial and living with Batten disease.  It was really lovely to see her smile and laugh when things have been so difficult recently.”

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity