This month, we're delighted to support React, a children's charity that gives depth to shortened lives. 

R - rapid

E - effective

A - assistance for

C - children with potentially 

T - terminal illness

React was founded in 1989 by philanthropist Irving Young, under the guidance of Sister Frances Dominica OBE, founder of Helen House, the world’s first children’s hospice. From her work with terminally ill children, Sister Frances identified a large gap in the palliative care system and with her as React’s patron, the charity was set up to offer urgently needed equipment to families struggling with the cost of caring for a child with a life-shortening illness at home. 

Financially disadvantaged families caring for a terminally ill child at home live in some of the most challenging circumstances imaginable. Not only do they live with the devastating knowledge that their child has an incurable, life-limiting illness, causing emotional strain for the entire family but parents are unable to afford equipment that is vital for the care of their child.

Working with medical professionals specialising in paediatric and palliative care, React can respond to specific, identified needs. The charity’s remit is broad enough to ensure that the range of support is as diverse as the many illnesses that thousands of children are living with across the UK.

Each year, React supplies a wide range of equipment ranging from specialist wheelchairs, beds, baths, and mobility aids, to essential everyday homecare items like washing machines and tumble dryers.

React is unique in its ability to respond quickly to urgent requests for help, within hours if necessary. React’s children simply do not have the time to wait for the essential support they desperately need – support which is often unavailable from any other source.

React does not have a limit upon the number of times a family may apply for assistance; the charity understands that a family’s circumstance will invariably change as their child grows and develops. React stands alongside families throughout a child’s life time.

Find out more about React on their website