On the 5th December we made our last #ThankYouNHS delivery of 2019 to the amazing staff at the world renown Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Joining us once more to make this special delivery was the inspirational Noah Wall, miracle boy born with just 2% brain mass and spina bifida along with Ella Chadwick who was born with a rare kidney disease. Between them, these brave children, who are full of love, joy and wonder have had to endure over 50 operations in their young lives.
When Noah first joined us back in December 2018 for his first delivery to Newcastle RVI, the hospital where he was born, he asked his mum Shelly when could he do it again. Shelly called me and asked if it were possible for her and Noah to join us delivering hampers to a total of 5 children’s hospitals around the UK. How could we resist?!
The Great Ormond Street delivery was to be Noah’s 4th hospital that he’s joined us at, bringing joy to thousands of unsung heroes within the NHS and also providing hope and inspiration for other families facing their own challenges, proving that when the odds are stacked against you, miracles can happen. Noah now has 80% brain mass and is still amazing doctors and specialist worldwide.
As before, we used the same core products from local producers at Tiptree Patisserie, Retro Corn Popcorn, Fairfield Farm Crisps, Shaken Udder Milkshakes and a copy of Jason Vale’s new book Create Magic. We also had some fabulous products gifted to us from former Apprentice winner, Sarah Lynne and her Sweets in the City new range of sweets, Duals, 70 boxes of fab-ulous fudge from Fab-Fudge and 70 lip and hand balms from Beeutifulbees
We have to say a massive thank you to fellow #SBS (Small Business Sunday) winner Sarah Dunwood too, who took time out of her busy pre Christmas schedule to travel down from Manchester to London to take photographs of the delivery.
Like previous deliveries it was an amazing day and we thank the businesses and individuals that supported our campaign for Great Ormond Street by sponsoring hampers from the bottom of our hearts. Without your support and trust we wouldn’t be able to make these deliveries possible, so thank you.
Once we had finished our delivery at GOSH we had a call from Noah’s mum Shelly to say that Noah had been invited by Harrods for afternoon tea and a VIP visit to see Santa and would we like to join them. It was an offer we couldn’t refuse, Harrods is such an amazing store, even more so at Christmas. We had a further surprise too when TV ‘s Dr Zoe Williams turned up to surprise Noah. It was great to finally meet her, especially after she has retweeted lots of our tweets for the #ThankYouNHS initiative.
Once the fun at Harrods had finished it was time to travel to the hotel for the next part of our story which will be revealed in the following blog!
If you like 100s of others who have done so so far like to contribute towards or sponsor a hamper or multiples’ of, please do get in touch, whether you’re an individual or business we can accommodate you all and in return you can help make 2020 the year of kindness x
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Yesterday we made our 6th #ThankYouNHS delivery to one of the Worlds most famous Children’s Hospitals, Great Ormond Street In London.
This takes the total amount of hampers delivered to date to 420, containing 20,000+ treats reaching thousands of selfless NHS staff, helping to raise morale and show those that care we care. Huge thank you to all the wonderful businesses that helped make this a reality.
What an honour it was to find out that Good Morning Britain would be featuring our delivery with the help of 2 very special and inspirational children, Noah Wall and Ella Chadwick. This was a massive accolade to have our initiative featured on such a massive national TV show.
Unfortunately there wasn’t enough room for me on the sofa, but, it was great to watch live behind the scenes as Ben Shepherd and Charlotte Hawkins interviewed the children as pictures from the delivery were shown on the big screen to be viewed by millions across the UK.
We really hope that our #ThankYouNHS initiative captures the hearts of the nation, the NHS plays such an important part in our lives and a vast majority of us will have some dealings with them during the course of our lives.
Whilst we were in the studios we bumped in to a few more familiar faces and who knew that Sean Fletcher was an Essex boy?!
Next on our list is Alder Hey in Liverpool, as this will be the 5th Hospital on Noah’s wish list of helping us deliver to 5 children’s hospitals. From there we hope to bring together businesses and the folk of Essex together to deliver 280 hampers in just one day to 4 hospitals across the county. for details of these plus other locations please visit our dedicated page here
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Earlier this week we travelled up to Manchester to deliver the 70 hampers that had been sponsored by 160 fellow #SBS winning businesses. Since we thought of the idea to bring together Small Business Sunday winners to give Theo Paphitis a unique gift for his recent 60th Birthday we’ve been counting down the days to the delivery.
Theo has had a link to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital via its charity and has supported their #ManyHands appeal for the last few years so we knew the delivery would be extra special. We had previously raised money for the #ManyHands appeal with 20 #SBS winners sponsoring a space (as pictured above) on the Hamper van.
The guys in the Charity team had pulled out all the stops and were as excited as we were with the well anticipated delivery.
When we arrived we were met by Lucy & Lydia, lots of their colleagues and Humphrey the bear to help unload the hamper van.
Thank you message from RMCH Charity team
We were also met by a film crew from ITV Granada who were there to report on our delivery as we had not one, but two special little helpers come along to distribute the hampers.
Once again we had the awe inspiring Noah Wall who had travelled down from Cumbria with his mum and nana, we also had the pleasure of little Ella Chadwick, last years Pride of Britain winner. Ella is no stranger to the hospital, having spent much of her young life in and out of the hospital amassing a huge 44 operations.
Once we had unloaded the van we had a group photo taken with staff from all levels of the hospital before heading off to surprise staff who worked on the wards.
The hampers went down a treat and since our delivery we had lots of messages from staff to say thank you.
It was great to see our delivery featured on ITV Granada Reports later in the day and coverage like this just make us more determined to reach our overall goal of 70 hospitals.
Next on our list is Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital where we hope to have the help of Noah Wall and Ella Chadwick deliver in time for an early Christmas present to surprise the staff.
If you have been following our progress so far and Great Ormond Street has a special place in your heart you can contribute or sponsor a hamper or two here http://www.secrethamper.com/nhs-70
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