These were the first gifts I sent out in the name of Guitars 4 Good (the original name for my charity website) in 2016.
Jessica and Hayley are sisters. When Jessica was a baby she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, she is now 7 years old and in remission. Her sister Hayley was also diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in the summer of 2015 when she was 4 years old.
I had seen a photo of the sisters when they hadn't seen each other for 3 weeks due to Hayley being in hospital, with their hands pressed together against the glass on a hospital door (below). So I designed personalised cushions which include a photo of them together, as I thought that with their 'sister cushions' they'll always be able to hug each other even if not in person.
I was excited to send these personalised gifts to the girls and when I saw this photo, which the girls' mum took, it made me teary eyed (in a good way).
I can't do much, as I'm not rich and so can't pay for their treatments abroad, but if I can put a smile on faces that are suffering physically and emotionally, even for a few minutes, then that is just priceless and my 'cwtchy' (Welsh for cuddly) cushions will have done their job.
UPDATE: Hayley has since passed away, on September 15th 2018 at the age of 7 years old. Her story is elsewhere on the site.
5 year old Mia Chambers of South Wales received treatment for neuroblastoma at the Rainbow Ward at the Noah's Arc Children's Hospital in Cardiff. I therefore chose a rainbow coloured design for Mia's cushion.
The cushion below was for Isabel's mother Vicky - Isabel's story is elsewhere on the website. The cushion arrived just in time for what should have been Isabel's 3rd birthday in August.
The cushion on the right was sent to Phoebe Flo's mother in South Wales.
Phoebe was diagnosed with a very rare inoperable brain tumour at the age of just 4 years old. She lost her fight in November 2016 at the age of 5.
Phoebe Flo liked rainbows and so I put her name surrounded by 3 delicate rainbow coloured hearts and 5 butterflies for each of her 5 years.
The cushions on the left were done for Rhiley's bereaved mother and sister.
Rhiley was diagnosed with an aggressive, deadly form of cancer called AT/RT at the age of 2 in June 2014.
Rhiley's full story is elsewhere on the website
Below is a close up of the cushion I did for Rhiley's sister.
Lottie likes rainbows and unicorns ... I therefore did a design for Lottie with her name in rainbow colours and a unicorm with a rainbow mane.