Inspirational York youngster sky dives for charity
12:01am 27th August 2011
On the 27th of August I am doing a skydive in order to raise money for Post Pals. Post Pals aims to make chronically ill children and their siblings smile by sending them cheery cards, gifts, emails and letters.
Founder Vikki George was inspired to start up the charity after she was confined to bed with severe ME and found receiving cards and post quickly became the highlight of her day. Despite her own illness, Vikki started sending post to other ill, isolated children and Post Pals was born.
"Everyone likes getting something in the post anyway but when you're sick and lonely it means even more", says Vikki.
From simple beginnings (a laptop in Vikki's bed!) Post Pals has now grown to currently help over 150 children. Monthly themes and projects are held and post comes from volunteers all over the world. As well as spreading smiles by delivering happy post Post Pals also organises special days out, an annual yearly party and unique treats for ill pals and their siblings.
The charity has no outreach or dedicated fundraising team and instead relies on a small team of committed volunteers, many of whom personally suffer from ill health, to provide daily support to sick children and their families all year round. Although Post Pals relies on the generosity of public donations to keep running the main ethos is that for the price of a postage stamp anyone of any age can make a sick child smile.
However, the efforts and dedication of Post Pals volunteers has not gone unnoticed and the charity has won many awards including the 2008 Queens Award for Voluntary Services which is the equivalent of a group MBE.
Holly is taking to the skies to raise money for the charity, she said:
"I found out about Post Pals a bout a year ago, and have been writing to a number of the children on the site since then. On June the 25th I went to their anual party, and it really showed me how important the charity is to them, and the difference it makes to their families.
"Some of the children are unable to go to school and so don't make many friends. Being able to exchange letters with volunteers all over the world gives them the friendships other people their age take for granted.
"I think my visual impairment has also helped me realise how significantly Post Pals changes the childrens lives. Because I have a disability I've always been really focussed on inclusion and how best we can achieve that in our society. Although Post Pals can't take away the childrens illnesses, it does help them gain a level of social interaction they might otherwise not have.
I hope to raise over £300 for Post Pals, it is such a worthwhile charity and the money will make a huge difference to the lives of families throughout the UK."
You can sponsor Holly online by clicking here
For more information about the charity please click here
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