#dialasmile for Bravery Boxes

The lovely Mummy Tries tagged me yesterday for the #dialasmile Selfie Meme.

It is too late for a selfie so I chose to share a photo of my little Jumpy. When she was four weeks old, she was rushed to hospital because she could not stop coughing, was vomiting most feeds and breathing was a real struggle. She had bronchiolitis to start with and it turned into pneumonia, but at no point did we feel scared for her life.

Everyone at the hospital was incredible. The consultant who visited her daily even recognised us as he walked past us on one of her hospital visits over a year later. The hospital itself is in serious need of a good lick of paint and some TLC, but people working there go beyond the call of duty to look after the children in their care.

We go to the hospital frequently because of Jumpy’s allergies and eczema. It is one of Crevette and Beanie’s favourite places to go as it has such a great play room, as well as staff helping them with activities. They encourage siblings to visit or come along as it helps the little ones recover and feel secure.

Jumpy in Hospital

Anyway, I digress. I have donated and it took me less than a minute. I hope you choose to support this worthy cause, too.

All you have to do is post a photo of you smiling away on your Facebook page, using the hashtag #dialasmile.

Text GRIN02 £2 to 70070 and you are done!

Here is some information about ‘Bravery Boxes’, taken from their website:

“‘Bravery Boxes’ was founded by a mum, after her own son was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumour (ATRT) back in 2008 when he was only 2 years old.

Having witnessed first-hand the pain and trauma he endured throughout his treatment, she would try to distract him from the forthcoming procedure and reward him for his bravery by giving him a little gift. The distraction of a new toy or story book often stopped the tears and soothed the pain shared by mum.

Those actions triggered her idea for starting the ‘Bravery Boxes’.

From that moment on, each child who has endured a painful or frightening experience has been able to delve into the Bravery Box and choose a reward.  Bravery comes in many forms.  Sometimes a child’s sibling would have to witness their brother or sister’s distress and pain, so the bravery boxes are there for those children, too.”


I am nominating the following bloggers to keep this going:

Steph @ Misplaced Brit, Jaime @ The Oliver’s Madouse and Sam @ And then the Fun Began

To find out more about Bravery Boxes (charity number: 1156870), click on the following link: http://www.braveryboxes.com/


  1. 11/09/2014 / 6:23 am

    Poor little Jumpy, what a way fright so early on! It’s lovely that you say you felt well cared for though. The play room sounds fab, so essential when you have so many appointments. Thanks so much for keeping this going xxx

    • 11/09/2014 / 11:07 pm

      It was my pleasure, lovely!

  2. 11/09/2014 / 8:56 pm

    Gosh, he looks so very small in the photo and vulnerable with all of the equipment around him. This is a lovely cause to support, and I will certainly be donating to ‘Bravery Boxes’
    #bloglovin xx

    • 12/09/2014 / 11:39 am

      She did look tiny and helpless there, but she was looked after so well. It was my first time ever staying in a hospital and it made the whole thing less alarming (I was scared of hospitals before that, no idea why!). Thanks for supporting the cause, lovely!

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