Rainbows Big Christmas Raffle

Big Christmas Raffle

Entries for our Big Christmas Raffle have now closed... but you can help bring the Christmas cheer to those who rely on us, by making a donation.

Enter our Big Christmas Raffle today and you could be in with a chance of winning £5,000 in time for Christmas! Just imagine those extra special last minute gifts or maybe booking a holiday in the sun? With additional prizes of £250, £100 and 5 x £50 you could be enjoying a very Merry Christmas.

Tickets cost just £1 each and all proceeds will go towards helping the children and young people that rely on Rainbows, so you’ll also be giving them a wonderful Christmas gift.

By entering the Big Christmas Raffle you are helping to give our children and families a place to laugh, play and create happy memories, not just at Christmas, but every day of the year

It was Christmas 2016 that Aadi and his family found themselves on a devastating journey they never expected...

By playing our Big Christmas Raffle today you’re doing something amazing. Every ticket you buy or sell will help children and young people like Aadi (pictured above).

Aadi was 11 months old when parents, Panna and Mark, noticed he had started to crawl less and winced when he pulled himself up to standing.

He was referred to hospital for testing and three months later, Aadi was diagnosed with Type Two Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) - a neuro-muscular condition that a ects the nerves in an area of the spinal cord. These nerve cells become damaged, breaking the link between the brain and the muscles. As a result, the muscles can't be used and the condition can shorten life expectancy. 

“It was devastating,” said Panna who describes her three-year-old son as a very bright, funny and loving boy. “There had been talk of SMA, and we had read up on it, and it was very daunting. When we actually got the diagnosis, it was a horrid day but we just had to pick ourselves up.”

Knowing they needed support to provide the best care for Aadi, the family turned to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

“Our first stay at Rainbows was fantastic,” said Mark. “Aadi just loved it and we could see how happy he was there. When you are used to caring for your child all of the time, we found it hard to let go, but seeing the staff at Rainbows gave us such confidence. And Aadi was so happy and so comfortable around the staff.”

Not only is Rainbows a wonderful place for Aadi, Panna and Mark also benefit from the support of the hospice. “Instead of having to do the medical things, we get to be parents to Aadi and do the fun things,” said Panna. “We also get to be Panna and Mark and spend time together knowing he is safe.
It is such a nice environment for Aadi to be in and to mix with other children who have disabilities like himself. It is also lovely to meet other families, which is important for us as parents. It is a good support network.

“We don’t know what our future holds but we have to remain positive. There are times where you have down moments but you pick yourself up again and get back on with life. We have to let Aadi see that he isn’t restricted. He can travel the world, he can play sports, he can do anything.”

You can help make Christmas amazing for Aadi and all children and young people here at Rainbows, by buying your Big Christmas Raffle tickets today!

Entries close on Friday 6 December and the winners will be drawn on Friday 13 December 2019. If you win we will send a cheque in the post – it’s as simple as that!

Good luck!

Full Terms and Conditions for the Big Christmas Raffle can be found here.