From the very beginning I knew that I needed to write. Not for a blog but for David and I and for Holly and Oscar. For us because the thought of feeling the way we did in those early weeks for the rest of our lives was unbearable and inconceivable and yet we could not […]
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"Dedicated to the memory of Oscar Cole who died on June 19th 2014 aged 16 months.
With your support Thinking of Oscar will help to improve the experiences of young children and their families whilst in hospital care.
We aim to provide tangible benefits to children in hospital by helping to fund new innovation and advanced technology within paediatrics over and above those provided by the health services."
On Thursday 19th June 2014 our son, Oscar Noah Cole, died. Oscar was in hospital being treated routinely for an infection but nobody imagined that he would not make a full recovery. As we watched over Oscar in hospital on the day that he died, standing there in disbelief, holding him in our arms until his heart beat his last beat, we made some promises to one another which we are committed to. We are determined to create a layer on top of our pain which resembles a quality of life. Our life before losing Oscar was a charmed one and we knew it. We were a very happy family with two kids who adored each other, a great circle of friends and jobs we enjoyed. But it was a conventional life. Now our life is far from conventional and for it to be tolerable it simply has to be remarkable. In order not to feel trapped in our own existence we have to achieve things that we would not otherwise have achieved. We need to ensure that whilst Oscar’s life was only in its opening chapters this is only the beginning of his story.
Our intention from the outset was to identify a cause which went beyond our own tragedy to address issues of broader social interest and our primary measure of success will be the impact that we have collectively had in our lifetimes.
The objectives for ‘Thinking of Oscar’ are:
- Providing support and activities to children, their families and medical teams who strive to make their time in hospital as comfortable as possible.
- Providing funding for the development of research and development into and the provision of improved diagnostic techniques and technology.
- Providing increased access to relevant knowledge and data via the sharing of best practice and the application of technology.
The relief of sickness and promotion of the health of children, young people and their families whilst in hospital care across England by:
Thinking of Oscar is about identifying projects which are over and above those which the NHS is able to provide. We are focused on areas which are significant enough to really matter but not so complex that they cannot be addressed in our lifetimes.
Our energies to make a difference via Thinking of Oscar are boundless but we will not be successful without your support. Thank you for becoming involved.
I still cannot believe the experience that we had last night. I went to The Oxford Union to watch David speak. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of him (so uncool) as he signed their guest book… alongside such names as Michael Eavis, John Major, John Kerry, KD Tunstall, Kate Beckinsale and Jerry Springer – […]
Last year I was introduced to a father who told me about how his daughter had spent months and months in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London being treated for a rare cancer. We were exchanging stories about our experiences with our respective children in hospital and then went on to discuss the work […]
I’ve been putting off thinking about this more than fleetingly for weeks. Oscar should be starting pre-school this week. Holly would be beside herself. In her best patronising older sister tone she would have fully prepared him for his big day by now and his red and grey uniform would be lined up ready for […]
Making a Difference
Give “Made with Love” this Valentines Day Cooking for your loved one this Valentine’s Day could have a whole new meaning thanks to a very special charity cookbook. With never before written down family heirlooms, a muesli that will blow the socks off the one you love and a dahl that’s a hug in a […]
Sunday June 5th 2016 Please Sponsor David and Hannah using our Just Giving Page – https://www.justgiving.com/DandHTOOFundraising2016 Last year David and 49 friends participated in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon in order to raise money and awareness for Thinking of Oscar. Together they raised more than £60,000. This year he is doing it again, however this time the squad will be made […]
Friday May 13th 2016 Example Unit Today we had a crucial meeting at the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital. We met with the General Manager of the Children’s and Women’s Division, the Clinical Director for Children’s Services Directorate and Oscar’s Consultant in order to discuss the next steps for the proposed paediatric procedures unit that we […]
During the August Bank Holiday weekend our good friend Ben Green and two teaching colleagues decided to take on the challenge of running the South Coast Challenge, a 100km off road race from Eastbourne to Arundel. Ben and one colleague, Chris Cox, took part to raise funds for Thinking of Oscar and their other […]