Kiss it Better – for children with cancer

kiss it better ruth crilly cliniqueI have found this post terribly hard to write. Despite the rather playful photograph above (taken for Kiss it Better), this post is about something that has really quite heavily played on my mind for two weeks.  It should have been published on the 8th, and it wasn’t, so you can probably tell that I have been doing quite a bit of thinking.

On the 8th I went to Great Ormond Street Hospital for a ‘Kiss it Better’ breakfast with Clinique. ‘Kiss it Better’ raises money for Great Ormond Street’s Children’s Charity by donating money from every Clinique lipstick and lipgloss sold in House of Fraser throughout February. A £2 donation is made to the charity for every lipgloss or lipstick sold.

For those not familiar with Great Ormond Street, it’s one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals, providing the very best of care to children from across the UK and abroad. The treatments and research are truly pioneering – consultant Oncologist Dr Penelope Brock says “I need to know that if something can’t be done here then it probably can’t be done anywhere”, which gives you an idea of the level of dedication and expertise we’re talking about.

After the ‘Kiss it Better’ breakfast, we were taken on a ward tour to see how donations are spent, and have to admit that I was in absolute pieces. Not only because there are so many children whose lives are turned upside down by cancer, but because there are so many unutterably brave people in the world. I was overwhelmed with admiration for the nurses and doctors who take on the responsibility of saving these children’s lives, and I was just absolutely speechless for the parents and families of the children. The courage that they must need to carry their children through such a time of illness is unimaginable to me. I can hardly even think about what the children themselves must have to suffer. Outside the private rooms there were prams left in the corridor, which brought home just how tiny some of the patients are, and how totally devastating it must be to have to endure the pain of having a seriously sick child.

Great Ormond Street does such incredible work – in the early days, children diagnosed with cancer were given little hope of long-term survival, yet now the results are staggering. As an example, 99% of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia go into remission within a month and over 90% are cured. What a wonderful and hope-bringing statistic.

I don’t have children myself but I hope to some day and it triggers all kinds of emotions in me when I think of Great Ormond Street Hospital – the people working in it, the children being treated in it, and the parents placing all their trust in it. Buying a lipstick or lipgloss suddenly seems ridiculously insignificant after visiting the hospital, but if it helps to raise a helpful amount of money for such a great cause then I’m in.

To find out more, or to donate to GOSH, click HERE.

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  1. anna
    February 22, 2011 / 9:37 am

    What a fantastic organisation GOS is (knowing people who have been touched by the incredible doctors and nurses there I fully endorse your comments about the dedication of their staff). It is fantastic that you are drawing attention to the work that they do and what a great idea of Clinique’s to help raise money in this way. Oxford Street’s House of Fraser beckons….


  2. thumbalins
    February 22, 2011 / 10:32 am

    Being in love with a man who suffers from cancer since he was 17, I have to say thankyou for the post x

  3. February 22, 2011 / 5:57 pm

    What a lovely post.

  4. SummerBabe
    February 22, 2011 / 7:17 pm

    Could you provide informations about where can i donate to this organisation? I`m not from UK but would like to donate a little something. I am trying to donate to our local children hospital every month because I really appreciate their work. Great post, I can honestly say I admire you for that!

  5. SummerBabe
    February 22, 2011 / 8:15 pm

    Thank you Ruth, will make a donation right away!
    Have a lovely evening!

  6. February 23, 2011 / 10:51 am

    this made me cry! thank you for bringing awareness to others. As my brothers best friend died of cancer at 17 i really thank you for writing this post.

    • February 23, 2011 / 5:01 pm

      There are so many sad stories, it’s really terrible. These charities do amazing work, I just wanted to share my (very insignificant in the scale of things!) experience. xx

  7. Erin
    February 24, 2011 / 2:37 am

    Thank you for writing about this Ruth…
    It really helps you realize how many truly good people there are in the world (and puts the occasional zit into perspective–at least for me), as my ten year old niece is battling Leukemia here in the US— she has been sick for nearly three years, but is “nearly” in remission thanks to the wonderful people at the Birmingham (AL) Children’s Hospital.

    • February 24, 2011 / 10:31 am

      Thank goodness there are people who devote their lives to researching cancer and finding cures! I hope your niece is better very soon x

  8. ella
    March 6, 2011 / 2:33 am

    My dads a doctor there :)

  9. July 2, 2011 / 4:18 pm

    Lovely post, and love the site. Ruth, maybe beauty retail sites could automatically donate even a tiny percentage of the sale of each product to charity. That would add up big time, over time. Rather like having Clinique’s Kiss It Better campaign going on forever…

    I’ve often thought someone like Jamie Oliver could have a range of foods for sale in supermarkets, again marked with a special logo, so you know when you’re buying, say, one of his Italian pestos, that something goes to charity – e.g. a hunger charity. So many ways to do good things, and if we all gave a tiny amount, we could turn quite a lot of things around for the better. He’s my personal food hero, nobody I can think of in the foodie world has done more to push for positive change.

    We don’t sell products on The Beauty Shortlist but you’ve made me think about adding charity links and doing a special “August Breast Cancer” beauty month, for example. Also with The Food Shortlist, which I also run, I may add a “donate” link to The Hunger Project.

    Love A Model Recommends – fab beauty treats and you tell it like it is.

    • admin
      July 4, 2011 / 9:44 am

      @Fiona that would be a nice idea – I often see brands saying that they’ll donate ‘1%’ of the sale price and so on, and I just think ‘what’s the point?’ They use the publicity for the charity but don’t actually want to donate any of their profits! They probably increase their profit if anything..

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