We need your help in prompting and promoting applications for this wonderful initiative which sends a package of gifts to children requiring treatment for a brain, central nervous system or intracranial tumour.
Tom’s Gift was created by the Tom Grahame Trust in partnership with Macmillan in December 2013.
Through this initiative a colourful package of gifts is sent to children aged 16 or younger requiring treatment for a brain, central nervous system or intracranial tumour. The scheme was inspired by a young boy, Tom Grahame, who loved giving and receiving presents.
Tom was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour and died after 18 long months of treatment soon after his sixth birthday.
More than 200 children have received Tom’s Gift.
How the scheme works
- An application form is downloaded from macmillan.org.uk/tomsgift
- This simple form is completed by the child’s family and their supporting health or social care professional
- A colourful package of gifts addressed to the child arrives from them in the post, which includes a £30 Debenhams Gift voucher. Within the package information is also provided to the parents about the further information and support that is available to them from Macmillan.
- The child, supported by their family, redeems the voucher in store or online on anything they find enjoyable and is offered a moment of distraction from their treatment.
A moment of joy
Adama Otter, CLIC Sargent Paediatric Social Worker, has made a number of referrals to the scheme. Adama says, “Seeing the difference Tom’s Gift makes has encouraged me to support multiple applications. It helps improve the mood of the child, especially when they are so isolated as a result of frequent hospital appointments, long stays and being away from peers because they are not able to attend school as a result of treatment and side effects.
“It fits well with other ways we support patients and families, in the sense that it’s a gift for the child to put a smile on their face, when the majority of times, grant applications are for essential items. I have told my colleagues about Tom’s gift. I will continue to encourage others, as I feel it’s something that makes a difference in injecting a little joy in the midst of sadness and isolation.
“The way I see it, whatever I can do to make the lives of these patients and their families a little bit easier, I will certainly do my best to help promote the scheme where possible.”
How you can help
If you know of a child who requires treatment for a brain, central nervous system or intracranial tumour, please tell their family about Tom’s Gift. We’d also appreciate it if you could let any relevant colleagues know about the scheme and how it may fit in with the support they currently provide.
You can find out more information, and download application forms and posters for your waiting rooms from macmillan.org.uk/tomsgift