September 2010: Singing Hands visit Charlie for Make-A-Wish Foundation UK – Sep, 2010
On Friday 10th September, we visited Charlie in Welwyn Garden City as she had requested a singing and signing session with the two of us via the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Charlie’s mum told us how much Charlie loves our DVD and how the DVD goes everywhere with her. We were absolutely delighted to carry out Charlie’s special wish and, as you can see from the photos, Charlie had a great time (as did her sister Shannon and her Mum too!).
Here’s what the Make-a-Wish Foundation said about the visit:
“On behalf of Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK I would like to thank you for your kindness and generosity you showed to our wish child Charlie.
Charlie is an amazing young girl who has to deal with her life threatening illness every day and has faced more in her short life than most of us have to face in a whole lifetime.
Charlie was the over the moon you cam to her school. Caroline, our Make-A-Wish representative on the day said the following –
Mum said Charlie “absolutely loved Singing Hands so much so that the DVD had started to wear out and was beginning to jump in places where it had been played so many times”. The ladies from Singing Hands were just lovely, warm and open women and just so easy to talk with, you feel like you’ve known them forever after just a short amount of time. After that initial photo session with Andy the Singing Hands session began and from the moment Suzanne and Tracy started singing Charlie’s face beamed! Charlie was overjoyed, mum was overwhelmed. My experience from that initial introduction of Charlie and not knowing how she was feeling to seeing that big beautiful smile, I was clear Charlie was happy with the wish she had been granted, her little hands were in full movement and she was blowing raspberries with appreciation. The full hours session was just so much fun. Tracy and Suzanne began with a song that said hello to each child individually and from that moment all the children’s attention was captured. Louise the school teacher even said later after the session had ended that some of the children known to have short attention spans were in the class room a great deal longer than she had expected. Each song or nursery rhyme was signed along to and every song had a character, toy or musical instrument which enhanced the involvement of Charlie and the other children. The Singing Hands ladies were brilliant at involving Charlie into their songs almost always giving Charlie the opportunity to hold a toy, instrument or character before the other children were given a chance to be involved. The session was perfect and fairly contagious… I admit I couldn’t help but join in to Old McDonald had a farm, Insy winsy spider, If you’re happy and you know it, row, row, row your boat ;o)
Mum was just thrilled by the way the event had gone and ever so grateful for the video footage she had been able to record to share the event with dad when they got home. All in all a fantastic day.
I think the family will cherish today for a long time to come. Granddad thoroughly enjoyed himself and managed to get some photos using his own camera. Louise the class teacher was so pleased that the event took part in school and was talking about purchasing the Singing Hands Christmas DVD out of the class budget for the children to enjoy time and time again.
As you know one of the goals of Make-A-Wish is to bring hope, strength and joy to children living with life threatening illnesses. A wish is not a cure, but it is a wonderful diversion from the grown up battle that these children are fighting.
Once again on behalf of Make-A-Wish, our very special children and their families we thank you for your generosity and compassion”