Evie’s legacy will be respite sup­port

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

IN MEM­ORY of their daugh­ter, a Mill Hill fam­ily is fundrais­ing to es­tab­lish a noc­tur­nal respite ser­vice for Camp Sim­cha, which sup­ports fam­i­lies cop­ing with se­ri­ous child­hood ill­ness.

Al­though Camp Sim­cha of­fers oc­ca­sional respite to clients who can­not ac­cess it from their lo­cal author­ity, Sam and Lee Bladon hope to make Evie’s Night Owls a reg­u­lar ser­vice.

Their daugh­ter Evie was born in 2012. Oxy­gen de­pri­va­tion dur­ing birth re­sulted in se­vere brain dam­age and doc­tors didn’t ex­pect her to sur­vive be­yond 48 hours. But Evie was a fighter who went on to cel­e­brate three birthdays with her fam­ily.

Mul­ti­ple health is­sues meant she re­quired 24/7 care and among the many ser­vices the Bladons re­ceived from Camp Sim­cha was night-time respite.

“Presently it is only the most se­vere of the se­vere who are el­i­gi­ble,” Mrs Bladon ex­plained. “Evie had to nearly die be­fore this pro­vi­sion kicked in for us. Un­til then we were up ev­ery night with her.

“It was so hard to keep func­tion­ing on no sleep night after night, look­ing after your other chil­dren and go­ing to work. The respite care we got from Camp Sim­cha was a life-saver. It helped us keep our heads above wa­ter.”

The hope is that suf­fi­cient funds will be raised to make Evie’s Night Owls an on­go­ing ser­vice. “This will be Evie’s legacy.”

Its first fundraiser will be a sale of 200 new party dresses for girls and teenagers in Mill Hill on Oc­to­ber 19. There will be an op­tion for peo­ple to spon­sor those who can­not af­ford one.


The Bladons with Evie

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