Electronic tablets will help vulnerable children during 12-week isolation

Laura Barnett Rays of Sunshine
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Laura Barnett, Chief Executive Officer of Rays of Sunshine, the children’s charity which has been partnered by Bacta since 2011, has confirmed the importance of the £12,000 donation made jointly by Praesepe/Blueprint and the trade association.


In a communication sent to Mark Schertle, COO at Praesepe, Laura Barnett said: “I am writing to express our heartfelt thanks for the generous donation which will enable us to purchase electronic tablets for children currently isolated in hospitals and at home.

“As you know our beneficiaries are amongst the most vulnerable members of society and are facing a minimum of 12 weeks in isolation to shield them from the virus. We are keeping in touch with former wish families through a dedicated Facebook group and providing support to the children’s hospitals and hospices by sending activities and equipment.

“Children receiving treatment in hospital are only able to be with one parent and are isolated from their siblings and friends. Thanks to your generous support we will be able to connect them with their friends and families again, virtually. They will also have access to our programme of digital entertainment to provide a positive distraction over the coming weeks and months.

“Thank you again for responding so quickly to our call for help and enabling us to provide valuable support to brave and deserving families across the UK at this time.”

Rays of Sunshine is preparing itself for a £1 million drop in income this year if it proves impossible to re-arrange events that have been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The big fundraising losses have been the London Marathon, which was scheduled for 26 April and The Rays of Sunshine Gala Dinner, which was due to take place in May. The Virgin Money London Marathon would have generated in the region of £100,000 in sponsorship and the Gala Dinner a further £700,000.The organisation is operating on a skeleton staff of just five having been forced to furlough 16 employees.

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