One in two children with a disfigurement are bullied. Sadly the abuse doesn’t even stop at Christmas and can have a devastating impact on their wellbeing.
That’s why this year we’re sharing with you Elizabeth’s Letter to Santa and asking you to fund the UK’s only free counselling service for children with a visible difference. The great news is that the first £7,500 in donations will be doubled, thanks to the Big Give Christmas Challenge and some of our generous supporters. This means that your gift will have twice the impact!
Please donate, it only takes a minute.
You may remember Elizabeth’s story from earlier this year. You can see it on our Facebook and Twitter. Her parents, Sinead and Liam wrote an open letter to all those who shunned, bullied and abused Elizabeth because of her visible difference.
They were overwhelmed by the compassionate and kind response from the public. The love shown to their family meant the world. We recently caught up with Elizabeth and her parents to find out their Christmas wish.
The Big Give Christmas appeal runs from Tuesday 3 December to 10 December and aims to raise £15,000 to help children with a visible difference access our counselling and wellbeing service. Every penny counts and is greatly appreciated. In fact, if you give online at The Big Give, then your donation will be doubled.
This Christmas, you can support Elizabeth and others by donating towards the UK’s only free wellbeing and psychosocial counselling services for children with a visible difference. Many of these kids have appearance-related mental health issues and may need more help to cope.
With your donations, we will expand our advice and support services and networks for children with a visible difference; giving more children tools to manage their feelings, cope in social settings, or key transitions like starting school.
Please, help Elizabeth and other children today, by making a gift. It costs around £32 per session. Whether you can afford to donate part of a session or even multiple sessions, every penny counts and I will be grateful for your support.
Why would an adult say ‘at least she won’t have to wear a Halloween mask’ or refuse to serve us at a supermarket till because she looked ‘scary’?
The incredibly powerful open letter from Liam and Sinead about their daughter and her visible difference went viral in July.
If you would also like to make a regular donation to help people with a visible difference, head over to our donations page. Please note: donations on this page aren’t part of The Big Give and won’t be doubled.