Samuel lost his battle on 22nd Jan 2014 to a very rare form of cancer, a Precursor T Cell Lymphoma. During his time in hospital he has been through a lot - too much pain to think of and a vast amount of medicines and their side effects.
Through all this Samuel has been an inspiration to those around him, his courage and personality are phenomenal. He wanted to start this charity to help other sick kids and their families get through this tough period and improve their time in hospital, a time that is stressful, painful and sometimes scary.
Please help Samuel's memory and others like him - go to his Facebook Page www.facebook.com/samscharity and Like it and share this page with your family and friends, the money he raises will benefit very sick kids and their families through this dark and painful time, a time when they need help and support the most.
What we are doing with the money
We have started small at the very beginning of the charity by getting a toaster for the ward Samuel was on (Pinckney). Then it was mugs for the parents as there were so few. Next, christmas decorations to make the ward more cheerful over christmas.
Now we will be replacing all the old TVs in the rooms and small ward in Pinckney ward. TVs are the main way many kids pass the time as they are sometimes too sick to play games or get out of bed.
We are testing new sofa beds as this is a major factor in parents getting a good night's sleep. This is essential so they can take good care of their child and deal with the stress, worry and fear of the situation, especially when they stay for more than a few nights.
There will be games, DVD's, books, Netflix, DS and PSP games, Ipads and many other items that will help and we are discussing with parents, kids and the staff to see what is next. We planned only to get these items IF we could raise enough but now we have exceeded this. There are other childrens wards that need the same help and we will be helping them in just the same way.
I want you to know how much your donations help and change the lives of these kids and their families. From going through this as a parent I know what a difference a bit of fun or a good nights sleep is worth. It is priceless. To see your child in pain is heart breaking, especially every day, and a simple thing like a TV can relieve and distract them from the pain so well.
Thank you, Samuel's Legacy lives on through us and I cannot be a more proud and humbled parent to be part of this.