One of our favourite Christmas books for children is ‘Father Christmas Needs A Wee’, by Nicholas Allen. It is a fun book with counting and rhyming as well as a bit of toilet-related humour – what more can we ask in a fun festive book? But there is a much more serious message in it, (which only… Continue reading Why did Santa “hold on”?
Today was one of those days where I didn’t think I could take any more. I took Elf on Wheels (and my son on wheels) out to explore a local town, with a view to a lighthearted post showing that places are not quite as accessible as most people think. Photos were taken, very carefully, so as to not identify any of… Continue reading Please let me in.
As I set out with Alfie each “Oh, who’s your friend” I received was cheerfully greeted with an explanation of who Alfie was and what his needs are. By day two of travelling I’d grown tired of repeating it all. BY DAY TWO. By day three I didn’t have the heart to say it anymore.… Continue reading My journey with Alfie.
A trip on a night train to London is something most people would look forward to with great excitement. But when you use a wheelchair, it can be nerve-wracking, with so many extra things to consider. How many days ahead do I need to book assistance? Is the platform accessible? Will there be steps? Will assistance actually come?… Continue reading Elf On Wheels goes to London.
Some days you have to be brave. Here is a photo like no other that I am likely to ever share again. Please be kind, I did it to raise awareness of something really, really important. Would you take a photo of yourself on the toilet? No? Because it is a personal matter? Something which… Continue reading We all do it – even Elves!
Alfie the Elf taken to his bed and will not even look up. He is devastated. He is embarrassed and doesn’t want to go out any more. Alfie went to Sainsbury’s Superstore in Penzance, choosing it because it is a great store with wide aisles – nice and spacious for moving about in his wheelchair. Shopping… Continue reading It shouldn’t happen to an Elf.
Three years ago today is when my son’s world started to shrink. It is also the day that Bristol Children’s Hospital saved his life. His spine was badly curved and crushing his internal organs. His ribcage on his left side was tucked inside his hip bone and he was struggling to eat or drink. Without the operation to insert… Continue reading The day the world began to shrink.