Mum Vicky Maley shared her story with me about losing her son Isaac when he was just 10 years old to asthma.
Like millions of children in the UK Isaac was diagnosed with asthma when he was four and used his inhaler before playing sport. He’d never had an asthma attack and at his last check up was told he’d almost grown out of the condition. So when he complained about his chest getting tight last summer, then lost consciousness and died later in hospital his family were stunned and devastated.
Vicky, 41, from Trafford in Greater Manchester has gone on to raise more than £50,000 for the charity Once Upon A Smile who help families dealing with bereavement.
Her story was published in Me, The Sun’s health and wellbeing section, on 28 June, and it was a pleasure to work with such a strong, inspiring lady.
I’ve been known Susie Green, the CEO of Mermaids, a charity helping children who identify as transgender, for several years after I wrote her daughter Jackie’s story for The Sun.
When the charity decided to relauch their website following a huge rise in the number of enquiries they receive I wanted to help, and so I interviewed several parents who have been supported by the charity.
The interviews were very emotional, and the mums I spoke to bravely opened up about the issues their children have faced since coming out as trans, including bullying at school, self harm and suicide attempts.
Their stories are extremely powerful, and they shared them in the hope of showing other parents that this isn’t the end of the road for a child, just the start of a new journey.
If you’d like to read some of the interviews, they are here.
After the Sun on Sunday’s Christmas campaign to raise money for children and their families using hospices over Christmas more than £10,000 was donated, which bought lots of presents for kids across the country.
I visited Derian House in Chorley, Lancs to meet children and their parents there as part of the campaign, and this has to be the sweetest thank you card I’ve ever received!
It was a great experience to visit Derian House and I hope to work with them again in the future.
It was a pleasure to visit Derian House with Coronation Street actress Tina O’Brien as part of the Sun on Sunday’s Christmas campaign to raise money for children and their families who would be using hospices over the festive period.
As well as the fantastic staff we also got to meet two-year-old Tyler, who was so chilled out while having his picture taken. Tina was really moved by everything that Derian House do to help kids, young adults and their families who are facing life-limiting conditions (as was I), and thanks to everyone there for being so helpful and friendly during our visit.