Mothers Day - not always a happy time

With Mother’s Day just around the corner I’m sure mothers everywhere are looking forward to receiving their annual cards, bunches of flowers and loving appreciation from their families.

For mothers caring for a life threatened or terminally ill child, this day of the year is all the more important. These mothers can find Mother’s Day a frightening reminder of how different their child is and how quickly the simple things have become impossible as their child’s condition has intensified. Receiving a homemade Mother’s Day card is no longer possible for many of these mums.

On top of the emotional strain on their shoulders, they work tirelessly caring for their seriously ill child while trying to keep normal life functioning around them. Siblings still need to get to school, the shopping still needs to be done and the washing basket still needs to be emptied.

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a seriously ill child and works alongside these incredible mothers. In the lead up to Sunday 6 March Rainbow Trust is helping families to make this year’s Mother’s Day a memorable one. It might be helping seriously ill children to make handprints, baking mum’s favourite cake with siblings or just being a vital support in a mother’s darkest hours.

To find out more about Rainbow Trust or make a donation visit www.rainbowtrust.org.uk or call 01372 363438.

Anne Harris

Director of Care at Rainbow Trust