Supporting families of complexly poorly children and families of child loss

Supporting families of complexly poorly children and families of child loss

Check out super cool dude Jacob in his new adapted helmet! 💙
Jacob was born at just 23 weeks old and weighed only 1lb. He suffered a bleed on the brain which has led to various medical complications including cerebral palsy, impaired vision, and regular seizures.
To help protect Jacob, the family have been shielding for the past year and it has been challenging as it has for many. A daily walk has become their much-needed precious family time. Due to Jacob’s severely impaired vision, he struggles with his balance. The family want to help him gain more independence, but to keep him safe he needs to wear a helmet when out and about.
Whilst this isn’t within our normal remit or criteria, we wanted to help signpost the family over to our friends at 500 Acts of Kindness to see if they could help fund a much needed trendy helmet for Jacob. We are thrilled to say that Jacob now has his helmet, and we know how much of a difference this helmet will make to Jacob and his family.
Here is what Jacobs mummy had to say:
“Jacobs not very independent outside, because of balance. I hold him on reins, our physio and vision team want to work on his balance but for me it feels too soon to take the reins off. We need to protect his head when doing this and I will be a bag of nerves. But he cannot stay in reins forever and needs to slowly gain independence with the help of his long cane. This helmet will look stylish and stop him damaging his head. Thank you to you all at Reuben’s and to your lovely sponsor who helped Jacob to get his protective helmet.”
Thank you to our army of love and compassionate hearts for continuously supporting Reuben’s Retreat and our amazing families.