Kaleb's Christmas Appeal

Could you be the sunshine in the storm? 

You’ve just had the devastating news that your child has a serious condition and their life will be limited. You’re overwhelmed with grief for the life they should have had, confused by all of the medical information and scared for what the future may hold. 

In August 2017 this is exactly where we found ourselves. This is our story.

Kaleb was born unexpectedly at home and at birth he just didn’t breathe. He was rushed by ambulance to hospital but despite all of the efforts of the hospital team to resuscitate him quickly, he was left with a catastrophic brain injury. We were told that he would die and it was time to say our goodbyes.

Our world crumbled all around us, it was a living nightmare. At 10 days old they turned off the machine and removed his tubes. Our little boy was so fragile, he had never breathed without a ventilator. We held him in our arms expecting that this was it. Kaleb breathed, he fought for his life, but was so small and weak. We didn’t know where to turn. 

The intensive care nurse suggested that we take him to Rainbows to spend Kaleb’s final moments together as a family, where he would receive the very best specialist end-of-life care.

As we walked through the doors, the Rainbows team were like the sunshine in the storm. They greeted us with open arms, words full of encouragement and hope, something I could never have imagined. They cared for our family with such deep kindness that the pain somewhat eased and for the first time, Kaleb was treated as a little person and not as a statistic. I remember thinking we had been given our first real ray of hope.
 

Donate Today

Thanks to your support, you’ve helped Rainbows to be there for all of us during the first year of Kaleb’s life.

They have done everything they can to make life easier for us, they have extended such compassion to us in our time of need, a gift to us that will remain forever in our hearts. Rainbows is our sanctuary of hope. 

Will you provide a sanctuary of hope for families like ours by making a regular donation of £5?

Kaleb has survived, he has significant complex needs but he’s a warrior, our Kaleb the Brave.

We visit Rainbows regularly and are forever thankful for their love and support for the whole family. They have provided us with a home of hope, a place where we can bare all in our new and uncertain journey. Nothing is beyond them, nothing is too much and you are never too broken for them. 

They are simply wonderful and we would not be here now if it wasn’t for them. Whenever we have been overwhelmed by darkness, Rainbows has provided little pockets of light.

There are many local families like ours who are facing an unknown future, knowing that this Christmas may be their last together as a family. Rainbows relies almost entirely on donations from people like you. Your help will make sure that these families receive the support and care they so desperately need in a world of uncertainty. It will give them the time they need to make treasured memories as a family, because while Rainbows cannot keep the families’ children here forever, your support can give them the memories that will last a lifetime. 

Please make a £20 donation today. Rainbows’ children, young people and their families need your help now, because when a life is short there is no time to wait. For some, tomorrow will simply be too late.

Thank you.

Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful Christmas.
 

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Thank You!

Wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful Christmas.