Helping children with life-shortening illnesses, React works to give children comfort, dignity and where possible, greater independence. We supply a wide range of equipment from specialist wheelchairs, beds, baths and mobility aids, to essential everyday homecare items like pushchairs and domestic appliances. This may include educational equipment to ensure a child’s developmental needs are met; React Holidays at one of React’s mobile holiday homes; and, very sadly, funeral expenses and memorial headstones.
Many clinicians report that as a result of recent advances in medical science, children and young people receiving treatment for life-shortening conditions are living longer. This means many more children receiving palliative care are cared for by families in their own home.
Aside from the huge emotional cost, many low-income families struggle with the added financial strain of caring for a terminally ill child at home. Local authorities are increasingly limited in what they are able to supply and this, coupled with financial issues, means that many carer families must instead turn to React for the equipment their child needs.
Working with medical professionals involved in palliative care, React is able to respond to specific identified needs. Our remit is broad enough to ensure that the range of support we provide is as diverse as the many illnesses with which thousands of children across the UK are living with every day.
Working with medical professionals involved in paediatric care, React is able to respond to specific, identified needs. Our remit is broad enough to ensure that the range of support we provide is as diverse as the many illnesses with which thousands of children across the UK are living every day.
Since React’s foundation the charity has responded to over 15,000 urgent requests for assistance. React’s newsletter demonstrates some of the families we have helped and is available in PDF format or by signing up to our mailing list.