Why Changing Faces?
Timeout Bags supports UK based charity 'Changing Faces', which is a charity close to our hearts. Our son Jago has undergone 14 operations on his birthmark, at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Due to the location of the birthmark, he has laser under general anaesthetic to reduce skin thickening, bleb formation, and to penetrate deep into the blood vessels to target chin and lip tissue overgrowth, helping to minimise psychosocial trauma later in life. Port wine stain birthmarks can grow deep into the bone and become painful with age so treatment at a young age is vital. As a family, we drop everything to make sure Jago can attend his operations, which often means cancelled holidays, missing time off school and cancelled commitments. On the bright side, Jago embraces his birthmark and enjoys going to hospital, which makes it easier.
Changing Faces provided us with monthly telephone counselling sessions, to help us cope with watching our child go through heartbreaking procedures with limited support. When Jago started school, he was offered Invaluable training and resources, to prepare him for future situations, including bullying etc. Changing Faces came into school to talk to the children about Face Equality and about being treated fairly and equally regardless of appearance. In educational settings this is all about creating a culture of inclusion where every child is valued and allowed to achieve their full potential. To this end, we offer our heartfelt thanks to Changing Faces for all their continued support, and we hope to raise awareness of this amazing charity through our bags.
Changing Faces History
Changing Faces is a charity supporting and representing children, young people and adults who have disfigurements to the face, hands or body, whether present from birth or caused by accident, injury or by illness or medical episode. It campaigns to change public opinion and combat against discrimination, and to help and support those with a visual difference.
Psychological support is provided for people who have disfigurements through means of advice, information, counselling and workshops across the UK. They also provide advice to health professionals, teachers and employers and run training courses and study days to enable professionals to develop effective clinical services, inclusive school assemblies and manuals, and clear equal opportunities and training policies.
A portion of each bag you buy will support this charity. We hope to raise public awareness and generate support so that more children and adults can be supported through this amazing charity. What you buy can make a difference to someone and we hope this makes you feel good about buying one of our bags.
By donating, fundraising or volunteering, you could make a difference to the lives of people like Kazzi, David, Penny and Olivia seen in the film below. Changing Faces rely on donations to continue their valuable work.
£10 could pay for a phone call with someone who needs help to cope with bullying.
£25 could fund a face-to-face session for a child to feel more confident at school.
£95 could cover the cost of a Skin Camouflage consultation.
£250 could help towards an online campaign to challenge unfair treatment in schools.
Hospital Activity Packs
We have designed a bespoke Hospital Activity pack for children who visit hospital to take with them. It includes 6 flat pack activities in a zippable waterproof wallet, but no snacks. Have a look at our product pages for more info: