Thursday, 4 September 2014

#DialASmile Making lives brighter with Bravery Boxes

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
It is difficult sometimes to know which charities to support.
There are charities which you naturally gravitate towards.
And those, which your life takes you on a journey to discover.

Earlier this year I was introduced to Bravery Boxes.
And what I loved was how easy they made it to support them.
Because it is a charity every parent would, no doubt, want to support.
I put this to the test.
Through the TFL Centre in Barry there was a co-ordinated effort to collect nail varnishes.
I was proud that through ZumbawithJ's efforts I managed to take a case full to Manchester.

Why nail varnishes?
Bravery Boxes is a small charity that helps children with cancer get through some of the toughest and most painful times. By giving a child with cancer a treat from the 'Bravery Box' when they have to have an unpleasant procedure such as having a cannula or feeding tube put in, we hope to turn their tears into smiles.

For Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Bravery Boxes want to get everyone smiling.
During the month of September please consider a 'Dial a Smile' (#dialasmile) and share your picture on Facebook and Twitter of your smile - the cheesier the better - and donate just £2 to Bravery Boxes by texting GRIN02 £2 to 70070 to make a difference- and consider nominating others to do the same.
£2 will buy three treats to go in the box - that will be three children you can make smile through their tears.
Bravery Boxes was started by a mum whose son was diagnosed with a rare life-threatening brain tumour. She could see how distressed he became when he had to have injections, blood tests and a myriad of other scary things, so she started to come prepared for these ordeals. After any kind of unhappy experience she would give her son a little gift or prize for being brave. The idea spread and she started raising money to fill a box so all the children on the ward could benefit.
Bravery Boxes provide boxes for the paediatric oncology units at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge, and Alder Hey in Liverpool.
And it really does work!! Staff and parents say all the time what a superb idea it is and how much difference it makes to the children.

Although childhood cancer is rare it is indiscriminate and approximately 1600 new cases are diagnosed every year. When it does happen it turns the world upside down of all those in that family. Bravery Boxes endeavours to not just help the sick child, but also any brothers and sisters who have to see their siblings going through this difficult time - so they can dip in to the box too when they need a bit of cheering up. It costs approximately £2000 to support a hospital for a year with Bravery Boxes in their inpatient and outpatients wards.

To find out more go to

We'll be posting our photo on Facebook as soon as I get home to hug and smile with my little people.
I hope you will take the opportunity to #DialASmile

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