Eloise’s story: why I’m supporting WellChild

Posted on the 7th February 2017

Eloise, a young carer and member of our Children and Young People’s Panel tells us about her involvement with WellChild …

My name is Eloise and I am a young carer for my beautiful little sister Nellie- Mai who suffers from many medical difficulties including a heart transplant, recovering from a stroke, brain damage and currently battling with cancer.

I first found out about WellChild through twitter when I saw many of their fantastic photos showing the great work they do to help support other deserving children, I then also saw an application to nominate for the annual WellChild Awards. I then nominated my sister and in 2015 she won the ‘Inspirational young person award for age 9-11 2015’- After the amazing award ceremony I offered to become a WellChild volunteer to be able to help with all the other fantastic things they do and as well as this I was offered to be part of the WellChild panel for the other awards which was such a great honour.

In September 2016 I chose to challenge myself by completing the Great North Run in order to raise as much money as possible for two wonderful charities- one being WellChild. I chose to do this in order to show appreciation to the charity for the incredible work they do and the massive amounts of support they have offered my family. I started training when I initially applied, starting with small amounts and gradually building up my training to the total amount I would be running on the day- Unfortunately I fell ill myself and got admitted to hospital in May and I only finally recovered at the end of July meaning I only had a month to get back into training before the event. I only actually managed a 5 mile run before the event and so on the 11th September I was extremely worried about how I would complete the 13.1 miles- However I did it and finished with a time I’m very proud of, taking into consideration I couldn’t train for 3 months. I also managed to raise nearly £800.

The run was great and I would definitely recommend it to others- it gave me such a sense of achievement and even though it was extremely hard it was also enjoyable. I am not a runner myself but the training and the run itself helped me become healthier and so I now continue to run. I do not currently have another target in mind, but I would like to do another challenge like the Great North Run later on this year to raise more money.

Me and Nellie- Mai currently have a business set up called ‘Well Chuffed’ where we sell items in order to raise money for both WellChild and another charity. We thrive off the work we do and really enjoy the fact that we are able to give something back to two such wonderful charities.  We have set up numerous social media accounts where you can view all of the things we post about our fundraising, we would be so grateful if you could like our pages and share our posts in order that we can sell as many products as possible leading to us raising more money for charity.

  • Well Chuffed Facebook= ‘Well Chuffed’
  • Well Chuffed Twitter= ‘@NelsWellChuffed’
  • Well Chuffed Instagram= ‘nelswellchuffed’

Watch Nellie-Mai's 2015 WellChild Award winner film

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