Watch and support our BBC Lifeline Appeal

All donations to this appeal will be doubled, up to a total value of £25,000, by a match funder meaning your donation could have double the impact.

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£5 could provide bereavement support to help a family cope with the death of a child.

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provides practical and emotional support, to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness for as long as it is needed.

During this appeal three families who are receiving support from a Rainbow Trust Family Support Worker share their stories with us.

We need your support now, in the last six months the number of families referred to us has increased by 123% and the number of families supported has increased by 52%.

Gyles Brandreth knows only too well how vital Rainbow Trust Family Support Workers are after his family was supported by Rainbow Trust when his grandson Kitt was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer when he was 18 months old.

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“I am honoured to be backing this appeal.

I know just how vital Rainbow Trust’s Family Support Workers are in helping families cope.  The exhaustion, stress and the relentlessness of serious childhood illness cannot be underestimated. The simplest thing of having access to a Family Support Worker to help is invaluable. 

Kitt is now eight and has a bright future ahead of him. His older brother Rory, now 17, still reflects on fond memories with Family Support Worker Angie as someone he could talk to, trust with his thoughts and worries and the big difference that made to him.  .

Thank you for supporting this appeal. By donating today, you can ensure more families like mine receive vital support when they need it most.”

Gyles Brandreth

Meet the Lifeline Appeal families

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    Meet Emily

    Emily, 13, lives in constant pain and watching her deteriorate has been incredibly tough for her parents Laura and Ben.

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    Meet Riley

    Both Shailza’s sons, Stanley and Riley, were born with the same genetic neurological condition.

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  • BBC_Lifeline_Families_Beatrix image

    Meet Beatrix

    Bea suffered heart failure when she was 15 months old. She lived in hospital for 14 months waiting for a transplant.

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“We are incredibly grateful to the BBC for featuring Rainbow Trust in this appeal, to Gyles for presenting it and of course to our extremely generous match funder. I urge you to watch and support the appeal if you can. Your gift really will make a vital difference to families whose lives are shattered as they struggle to cope with the possibility that their child might die.

The number of families caring for a seriously ill child referred to Rainbow Trust more than doubled in the last six months, increasing by 123%, and we receive no central government funding: instead we are reliant entirely on the generosity of voluntary donations like yours. Your support will help us reach more seriously ill children and their families, ensuring they do not face the trauma of navigating their very worrying reality alone. Thank you so much.”

Zillah Bingley, Chief Executive of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

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