Kissypuppy 2016

As the first day of 2016 draws to a close Kissypuppy would like to say a quick and simple few words to all of our fantastic supporters.

You all know how much we loved Sophie and how much we continue to miss her. The hole she left in our lives will never be filled…it just can’t be. It is endless. It is nothing, and surprisingly nothing has an unusual and unlikely attribute….it is heavy!! And we are living with that ever increasing heaviness on a daily basis.

However this post is to reflect on what KissyPuppy has achieved in 2015.
We funded the Schools Project at EMH.
We funded a new office within Earl Mountbatten Hospice for the Paediatric Community Nurse Team.
We ended the year funding a party for children and their families living with life-limiting conditions.
And perhaps most importantly we were able to ensure the finances are in place to continue to be able to offer Sophies Rooms should they be needed….which heartbreakingly they have far too often in 2015.

We have some very exciting announcements to make in the coming weeks so please keep watching.

2016 will no doubt be another tough one. To know the world continues to turn without our princess in it is something so hard to understand. We take solace in the fact as each year passes it brings us closer to seeing our beautiful butterfly once more.

Thank you all for your never ending support from those that have done events and activities to those who continue to donate items to Sophies Shop and to those that buy them!! We are simply the front for everyone’s hard work and we hope we continue to do you all justice.

Happy New Year

Aaron, Gemma & Jack xxx

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Our Story

The Sophie Rolf Trust – Registered Charity 1156155

Sophie Rolf was a beautiful, happy, larger than life little girl. She enjoyed doing all things little girls love, especially her swimming and dance classes.

Sophie started school in September2011, joining her big brother Jack at St Saviours Primary School in Totland on the Isle of Wight.

During May 2012 we noticed a tremor in Sophie’s left arm and, after numerous hospital visits and finally an MRI scan in June, we received the terrible news that no parent wants to hear – Sophie had a ‘Supratentorial high grade Glioma, bilateral thalamic tumour’.

This is an aggressive brain tumour located in a very awkward part of the brain. We were told that the tumour was inoperable and the prognosis poor. Sophie faced things that no child or adult should have to go through. Neuro surgery to fit shunts, central line surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, a trial drug, numerous MRI & CT scans, homeopathic drugs and other tests were all met with determination, strength, courage and most of all always a smile.

She made us so proud to call her our daughter. As a family we never gave up hope and actively pursued other medical opinions from Europe and the rest of the world – however each reply reinforced the original diagnosis.

Sadly Sophie lost her fight in November 2013 at home alongside her family that adored her so much. She didn’t suffer and as always, she decided when the time was right.

‘KissyPuppy’ was originally set up to enable friends and family to fund raise for Sophie and initially was used to support Sophie’s journey through this including travelling to and from appointments on the mainland, any equipment needed and creating magical experiences and memories.

We chose the name ‘KissyPuppy’ as this was a word Sophie used for a very special sort of cuddle and kiss reserved only for her big brother Jack.

What this devastating process highlighted to us as a family was the limited healthcare options available for children with life shortening conditions on the Isle of Wight.

There is no specialist children’s hospice on the Isle of Wight. Families are offered the option of travelling to Winchester for respite or end of life care, which is a three hour journey each way, relying on Ferries. Travelling to the mainland at the point when Sophie was very poorly is something we did not want to be thinking about.

The Earl Mountbatten Hospice provides comprehensive end-of-life healthcare for the Isle of Wight community. They support and care for adults living with and dying from a life-shortening illness and, working in partnership with the local NHS, they are extending these services to children.

Sophie said early on in her treatment that she wanted to help other children as they have helped her………so that is what we have pledged to do. We have joined forces with the Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the local NHS to help support and develop services on the Island for children and young people, and their families, with life shortening conditions.

Over a period of time a range of services will be developed offering flexible, individualised care and support, in the place of choice, built around the unique needs of each family.

Services will be coordinated centrally, and delivered by a multi-professional team, working together with each family to support their wishes and care choices. Sophie’s first project was to provide an area within the existing hospice building that will be suitable for use by children and their families.

The area was to provide the equipment needed to fulfil the medical requirements of the individual whilst at the same time recognise the needs of the family as a whole.

From day one Sophie was an inspiration to all. She never once complained or grumbled about what she was going through. She greeted each and every day with a smile and her attitude and spirit made her fundraising such a success that within a few months she had raised the £10,000 target set for the first project.

At the beginning of November 2013 Sophie, just a few weeks before she passed away, opened the children’s rooms at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, a massive achievement of which we are so proud of her for. Sophie had already started on her next project, a Playground, within the grounds of the Hospice.

In her short life, Sophie has changed Children’s services here on the Island. We, as Sophie’s family, recognise there is so much more to be done. Kissypuppy – ‘The Sophie Rolf Trust’ is now a registered charity.

We are committed to helping the Earl Mountbatten Hospice, local NHS and other interested parties in the continued development of services for children and their families with life shortening illnesses on the Isle of Wight.

We hope we can continue Sophie’s good work and make a legacy she would be proud of.

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