LITTLE things can make a big difference, as a Shoreham charity has found.
Mum Kirsty Greenwood set up Little Me to help other parents after her son was treated for a rare disease.
At first she had big ideas, setting out to raise money for hospital equipment, like an MRI scanner, but soon realised the charity would be more effective helping small good causes in her own town.
Mrs Greenwood, of Warwick Walk, Shoreham, explained: “We realised that we were setting ourselves an unrealistic challenge. Being a very small charity competing against much larger ones, the £20,000-plus we needed for these things would take years.
“We then realised that right on our doorstep, there are good causes that need help.”
New monthly table top sales are being held at the Shoreham Centre, in Pond Road, with the first one on Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
First to benefit will be Buckingham Pre-school Playgroup, in Eastern Avenue, which will be receiving art supplies and new dressing up clothes from the proceeds.
Mrs Greenwood said all 30 tables had been sold for this month’s sale. To book for the October sale, call her on 07795 177974. People can also call to nominate a local cause.
Her son, Charlie, is now seven and a pupil at Buckingham Park Primary School. He was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease at nine months old and had major heart surgery in London at 18 months.
“The treatment to save his life was a major shock for us,” said Mrs Greenwood.
Charlie was the first child in the country to have a double bypass operation. Mrs Greenwood and her husband Dan were told Charlie’s arteries were blocked and he was facing heart failure.
They then faced weeks of worry while he recovered.
“Dan and I were by this point absolutely distraught and barely functioning,” she added.
“I founded the charity as I want to try to offer other parents of sick children support post hospital admission.”