Camp Sim­cha saves the day for birth­day girl

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PENINA STERN was crest­fallen on learn­ing that her par­ents could not be with her in Man­ches­ter on her sixth birth­day — they were in Birm­ing­ham where her 10-month-old brother Ari was un­der­go­ing heart surgery.

But Camp Sim­cha saved the day through its big brother and sis­ter pro­gramme. Penina’s “big sis­ter” Sara Kachani took her and si­b­lings Ze­hava and Aviva out for din­ner, bring­ing along presents, bal­loons, blow­ers, dec­o­ra­tions and a birth­day cake. All the girls had their nails painted.

Their mother, Rivka, said she had men­tioned the sit­u­a­tion in pass­ing to Camp Sim­cha fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cer Daniella Berke­ley. “It was lit­er­ally a throw­away com­ment but Daniella im­me­di­ately said Camp Sim­cha would do some­thing.

“Two hours later she called back with a list of ideas. When I told Penina that in­stead of mummy mak­ing her a party Camp Sim­cha was go­ing to, her face lit up.

“Later she said: ‘It’s re­ally good you are away for my birth­day be­cause I get to do some­thing much bet­ter.’ Thanks to Camp Sim­cha, she had the most won­der­ful time.”

Daniel Gil­lis, head of ser­vices, said it was an ex­am­ple of its be­spoke sup­port to fam­i­lies with se­ri­ously ill chil­dren.

Penina Stern pre­pares to blow out the can­dles

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