Amelia’s Rainbow was set up in memory of Amelia-Grace who died in 2010 from an aggressive childhood cancer. The idea for the Charity started with Amelia when she used some of her money to buy an Xbox for one of her friends with whom she spent time in hospital. She appreciated the gifts that she benefited from; but felt that other children should also have the same opportunities that she did. In this way the Trustees try to ensure that all monies granted go towards creating an environment that is full of fun, laughter, achievement and memories.
Amelia’s Rainbow supports children in Dorset and the surrounding area who are suffering from terminal, life-limiting and serious chronic illnesses. We aim to create an environment full of fun, laughter, achievement and memories; through providing funds for activities and play which will enrich the lives of children who are suffering.
The Trustees will consider funding holidays, family days out, games or toys, social activities such as swimming or dancing lessons or any other request which they feel supports the aim of the Charity.
We are a need-driven service. We help children by providing funds to create happiness in times of need without weeks of waiting for panel decisions. Our criteria is simple and is governed by whether the child has a serious chronic, life limiting or terminal illness.
We work closely with both Poole and Dorchester Hospitals to ensure that children in their care are able to access funds when needed. Most referrals come through the hospitals although families are also able to self refer.
We are unique in that we are able to assist children suffering from any childhood illness including mental health conditions. In this way we can help many more children and capture those children who are not covered by any other disease specific charity.