The plight of children and their families facing the most extreme challenges have inspired a Suffolk woman to launch a new charity, Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity.
The idea came to Kingsley Healthcare
recruitment manager Bev Lambert, 55, when she read stories about Lowestoft girl Daisy Newman who has severe cerebral palsy.
To support the appeal for a sensory “magic carpet” for the five year old, she made cupcakes and raffled them at work to raise £132. Mrs Lambert, of Hollesley Road, Alderton, near Woodbridge, said: “Listening to the family’s story made me realise there must be other children out there who are not receiving the help that perhaps they should be from the NHS.
“During the summer, I was contacted by Sarah Moore, the mother of four-year-old Rhys, and it was her heart-rending story that spurred me on to launch the charity. “Rhys’s condition has not been properly diagnosed but he is severely autistic and needs 24/7 care. His mother is currently having to sleep downstairs on the sofa next to him.”
The first target of the charity – which aims to help children with serious or life-threatening illnesses - is to raise £6,600 for a Safespace Hi-Lo bed which will provide a secure tented environment for Rhys to sleep in. Mrs Moore, of Tudor Close, Framlingham, who has three other children, aged seven, 12 and 15, described the efforts of Mrs Lambert as “amazing”.
“She is an incredible person. If anyone can make it succeed, she will,” she said. Ms Lambert has raised many thousands of pounds for good causes over nearly 25 years, successfully launching two previous charities on her own.
Mrs Lambert is currently supported by three fellow trustees and four volunteers.
Anyone able to help can contact her through the website.
Author: Stephen Pullinger