Making a real difference.
Smile For Life ensures the funding provided makes a real difference to our beneficiaries' lives.
Michael from Northumberland is 11 years
old and attends Northern Counties School for the Deaf in Jesmond, Newcastle. Michael was left profoundly deaf after suffering meningitis as a baby and has
grown up in the main care of his grandmother and fa...
16 year old Harry Thompson has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a disease causing muscle degeneration. Harry has had to deal with many difficulties over recent years, including becoming wheelchair dependent three years ago. Harry has a great passion and ...
Smile For Life were delighted to award an Ipad to Brynley Davis, an 11 year old boy from Newcastle. Brynley has Down Syndrome, severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.
His Special Needs teacher, approached Smile For Life for assista...
Eleanor is 5 years old and has Down's Syndrome. She attend
mainstream school but struggles with communication and hearing. Her mum applied
to Smile For Life to provide an Ipad for Eleanor; this piece of equipment could
potentially transform her li...
Sophie Armstrong was also presented with her new equipment
by Newcastle School For Boys. Sophie is 9 years old and has Prader Willi
Syndrome, which means she has a high degree of autistic tendencies and great
difficulties with her writing skills. ...
Paras is 12 years old and lives in Gosforth Newcastle upon
Tyne. Paras is autistic and has great difficulties with fine and gross motor
skills, impacting particularly upon his handwriting. Although Paras has access
to computers at school his teach...
Grace Ford form Hetton-le-Hole is 6 years old and has
Translocation Down Syndrome, resulting in significant delays with motor
skills, speech, language and cognitive development. Having just started
mainstream school, her parents were concerned tha...
Due to Tranverse Myelitis at the age of 10 months, Owen is
paralysed from the neck down. Owen, now 13 has worked hard to regain some
movement on his left arm and hand, allowing him to operate his electric
His life has recently been t...
Tom is 15 years old and has Cerebral Palsy which affects his
legs and fine finger movements. Tom is at mainstream school in Newcastle and is
currently studying hard towards his GCSE's.
His mum requested a new touchscreen
computer for Tom to a...
Liam is 16 years old and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a
condition which weakens all of the muscles in his body. Liam requires round the
clock care but works hard to retain his independence and can operate his
electric wheelchair and laptop with hi...
Joshua from Sunderland is 6 years old and has Di
George Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Joshua has many difficulties
and complex medical needs. His parents requested an Ipad to help Joshua with
his schoolwork as he has great difficulty ho...
Max Wensby-Scott is 9 years old has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal muscle wasting disease requiring round the clock care. His mum requested funding for a short break in Yorkshire to give Max and his siblings a much needed holiday, providing qua...
Rhys is 14 years old and is very poorly, suffering from congenital heart disease; he is no longer a suitable candidate for transplant. Having reached his respite care using public transport in the past, he is no longer strong enough to do so. Rhys's ...
Jack is 8 years old and has Cerebral Palsy affecting all four limbs.Jack
is a very socialble boy who loves interacting with his peers and other
adults but the severity of his condition means he is reliant on an adult
for all daily living activi...
Alfie from Newcastle is 11 years old and has a diagnosis of Autistic
Spectrum Disorder which impacts on all areas of his education and
life.This special laptop has a specific keyboard to assist Alfie with
letter recognition and also to be able ...
Lucy Corbitt is 5 years old and from the Scottish Borders. Lucy has Downs Syndrome and is hyper mobile, which means she can easily escape from her normal car seat, putting herself and others in extreme danger. £509 has been awarded to ena...
12 year old Callum Kewley has Cerebral Palsy. He has no speech at all and because of severe learning difficulties his sign language is difficult to understand. He becomes frustrated, upset and isolated with his inability to communicate. This ma...
Megan from Northumberland has suffered from a brain tumour since she was 13 months. She is now 10 years old and following years of gruelling treatment, has been left with severley impaired vision, a weakness down her left side and a poor sense ...
Kara, a 7 year old with Cerebral Palsy from Walker in Newcastle, has no independent mobility. Kara's school, Percy Hedley, applied for a R82 Wombat Activity Seat for Kara to have at home. The chair will give Kara the physical support she ...
Christine from Killingworth Newcaslte-upon-Tyne has been granted £271.10
to enable her son Jonny to take a short weekend break. Jonny has
recently experienced trauma and suffers with severe eczema - he is on
constant medication. He also s...
Robyn has Downs Syndrome and is in recovery from Leukaemia; Smile For Life is providing a grant of £431.96 for a new double bed and bedding as Robyn's is broken and her parents cannot afford to replace it.
Smile For Life is providing Emma Kirby, with a grant of £289 allowing
her mother to purchase a trampoline. Emma has Aspergers Syndrome, a
condition that can be calmed dramatically by using a trampoline.
Danny Lindores has Downs Syndrome and is Hypermobile. Smile For Life will be providing his mum with a grant allowing her to purchase a special car seat that will prevent Danny from loosening his straps and putting himself and others in danger during ...
Azhad - Percy Hedley School
Percy Hedley School made an application on behalf of Azhad, who has Cerebral Palsy that affects all 4 limbs and his communication. Without Physiotherapy and continued education during the summer holiday he becomes very isolated and his progress decli...
Dylan is autistic and very often requires peace, quite and solitude to manage his condition. His own fort gives him a quiet place to retreat to when he becomes distressed and aggravated.
An application was made on behalf of Freya McGlone, an 8 year old girl who has Ataxic Cerebral Palsy. Freya required a laptop with specialist software to allow her to access the school curriculum and enable her to fulfil her academic potential. An aw...
Nathan is 7 years old and lives in Kenton, Newcastle upon Tyne. He received his very own laptop from Smile For Life following a request from his football coach and good friend, Lee Sterry. Nathan has leukaemia and has endured many months of gru...
James Hutton,12 years old, suffers from Cerebral Palsy and a range of complex special needs. His main form of communication and output is his laptop, which he uses at home and school. James' laptop, which his parents bought, broke and they could not ...
Eighteen months old Esme Martinson lives in Consett, Co Durham and has Cerebral Palsy and is a TOF child (children born unable to swallow). Her parents applied for a grant to provide a sensory room at their home where Esme will be safe and able to de...
Karl Hassell is 13 years old and suffers from Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. He attends Fountaindale Special School in Mansfied and has the opportunity to take part in an Arctic expedition in the summer of 2010.
Six of Karl's school mates w...
Callum Smith is severely autistic and has various learning difficulties. His adoptive mum made an application for a specially adapted car seat which keeps Callum safe during journeys and prevents him from unbuckling his harness. Callum is 7 years old...
In collaboration with SSAFA (Soldiers Sailors Airmen & Families Assoc) an award has been made to Luke Edwards who has suffered much poverty and trauma during his life; Luke's brother died and his mother has cancer. Luke required some warm winter ...
A grant has been awareded to Kim Uppal, a little girl aged 9 from Stevenage. Kim has severe Cerebral Palsy and is visually impaired.
Her mum requested funding for a smartboard and projector to enable Kim to develop her independence and continue h...
Noah is 11 years old and suffered eye cancer at 20 months. He attends a mainstream school and is a very independent boy, having been guided by his parents not to allow his disability to hold him back.
His school, Ovingham Middle School, are taking...
Sir Charles Parsons School and Science College
A £7,500 grant has been awarded to Sir Charles Parsons School and Science College in Newcastle upon Tyne to fund a challenge week in July 2010 involving 135 pupils from across Newcastle who have severe learning difficulties and complex special ...
Tilly lost both hands and her toes when her body was ravaged by meningitis when she was 17 months.
Smile For Life has agreed to provide Tilly with funds over the next four years to enable her to replace her prosthetic limbs as she grows.
Freddie was born with severe global development delay and is blind an unable to walk and talk.
Smile For Life has funded a magnificent state-of-the-art play area which allows Freddie to move around freely, with enough room for Freddie's little si...
Annie was born with a severe form of muscular dystrophy which means she has gradually lost movement and control in her muscles. This has left her unable to walk, play, or experience the same freedoms as other children, including being able to go to t...