September : Gold Ribbon
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and is marked by the Gold colour. Larmenier and Sacred Heart Primary School, Gaspard and our daughter’s Apolline’s school has allowed children to wear gold accessories at school.
This was a very touching moment to see all the children wearing gold especially as a child in our Apolline’s class had recently passed away from Cancer.
In support of Great Ormond Street, they have raised 613,41£
Story behind the gold ribbon
Gold is a precious metal. Children are our most precious treasure. It is also a perfect symbol for the childhood cancer journey. Gold goes through a process by fire, to become stronger and tougher. Kids with childhood cancer similarly undergo such an experience. They often develop resiliency by facing all the difficult and painful challenges of childhood cancer.
Christmas Gives Back
Last December, our son Gaspard spent almost two months being treated in hospital. On Christmas Day, Gaspard was in the intensive care unit.
As a normal little boy, he did not get to spend Christmas with his family and did not get to gather around the Christmas tree waiting for Santa to come.
Despite this difficult situation, we were very touched by the amount of love and generosity we got from charities and families who dedicated their time to be around those suffering.
This month, a group of mums came together to collect, sort, wrap hampers and toys for the children and their families.
The 18/12, more than 300 toys were distributed to the oncology wards. A massive thank you to the play specialists, Jennie and Alanna for their help.
We could not be more touched to see the tears in parent's eyes but also the smiles of this children.
Massive thanks to Parents Association of L’École du Parc in Clapham who have gathered their efforts and have encouraged school parents to donate gifts for the sick children. Thanks to the generosity of all the families, they have collected more than 40 presents.
Again, a big thank you and applause to Third Bridge who decided this year to replace the annual corporate Secret Santa and instead gather those funds to donate towards buying gifts for the children of the Great Ormond Street Hospital. More than £1,600 were collected across the London office.