You can help: CJ’s Mission

The NHS is incredible, there’s no doubt about it – but its funds are limited. Despite this, we have had the most incredible support.

Originally this page started “If Clara recovers from her next operation she’s expected to live in the Oxford Children’s Hospital for the rest of the year.” Clara has since had six surgical procedures. She’s a fighter, and we have a long road ahead.

Clara is now expected to learn to crawl here, take her first steps here, and she’ll be treated here along with 60,000 other children this year.

We want to ensure every other family who follows in our footsteps is able to receive the same care and experience we have. This is CJ’s Mission. We are fundraising to make this a reality.

We don’t just want to hand over a giant cheque. We want to see your hard earned money being spent in the right places, on real tangible benefits.

We’ve now raised over £8,000! Thank you!

The Beneficiaries:

SSNAP: Support for the Sick Newborns and their Parents.

  • A small cash donation has been made and further discussions around how we can support are ongoing.

Ronald Mcdonald House Oxford: providing free ‘home from home’ accommodation for families with children in hospital. I sleep next to Clara’s cot on the ward most nights but I’m able to use Ronald Mcdonald facilities to shower. The House needs basic items like towels, bedding, crockery etc. Discussions are to happen next week around where the money is most needed.

The Children’s Hospital Wards:

  • 4 x recliner armchairs for the neonatal bay to allow parents to have close contact with their baby. ‘Kangaroo care’ has been medically proven to be beneficial to children’s recovery.
  • 12 x stethoscopes
  • 2 x auxilla neonatal thermometers
  • 2 x portable saturation monitors
  • 6 x drip stands (having one of the few decent drip stands has been my lifeline – it’s allowed me to explore the ward with Clara for the hours she wants to be held but moving, and has allowed us to make the most of the sensory room)
  • Cutlery and crockery for the ‘parents room’ – the only child free zone on the ward which gives us breathing and thinking time, along with a place to heat up our dinner and have a cup of coffee
  • Soft furnishings (cushions) to make the parents room more like a living room at home
  • 40 activity books including themed colouring and sticker books for kids, and writing sets and Mindfulness colouring books for teenagers, colouring pens, colouring pencils
  • Playdough for the play specialists to distract children pre and post op
  • Air drying clay for the play specialists (to make casts of long term babies hands and feet as memorable tokens for their parents)
  • 10 x desk top fans to go to next to the cots/beds on warm days (it’s a greenhouse in here!)

Rosie’s Rainbow Fund:

  • 1 x iPad for teenage music therapy classes
  • 5 x percussion instruments to ensure music therapy, which Clara has weekly, is able to continue to support children’s development whilst in hospital.

We will also be donating a specialist baby bath to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Currently their bath has a plug hole, but no plug – just a long tube that needs to be clipped back up onto the side of the bath. If the tube slips off, NICU is flooded… It’s scary enough bathing a very poorly baby, let alone with concerns about a plastic clip!

With your help, we can make a very difficult year for some the best it can possibly be for future families here.

Past fundraising events

Oxford Children’s Hospital cycle ride to Paris, March 2018

Clara’s Uncle George cycled 500km from the Children’s Hospital to Paris on the 7th March 2018. George raised £4,700!

A charity auction of promises, pub quiz, and raffle night

A fantastic event held on the 29th March 2018. With a couple hundred people in attendance, we raised £2500 on the auction and £1130 at the pub quiz and raffle!

Pub quiz teams with their thinking hats on

If you’d like to get in touch you can contact us at hello@claraandthegutcracker.com