An Essex woman has launched an initiative
An Essex woman has launched an initiative to provide practical support to families dealing with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses.
Joyce Obaseki has launched Grant a Smile, a social enterprise that cleans the homes of families diagnosed with a serious illness, free of charge.
The organisation also helps to grant wishes to children whose parents are battling illnesses that reduce life expectancy and the quality of life.
Joyce, 42, from Loughton said: “Grant a Smile is the only social enterprise providing such practical support for families with life-limiting conditions. We support families who are drained by the emotional, physical and mental struggle of being ill. We go into their family homes to clean, declutter, iron, do the gardening – all for free.”
The mum of three, who was a secondary school teacher for 16 years, set up the social enterprise after coming into contact with students whose parents were fighting severe illnesses.
She said: “I was sad to see them often arriving at school in dirty uniform, lice infestation and poor personal hygiene. As a result, many of them were isolated from other pupils and bullied.
“I knew these pupils weren’t at risk, nor were they unhappy. They were very supportive of their parents and had simply found themselves in a tough place.”
Joyce cleaned several homes for free herself before officially launching Grant a Smile.
“As an organisation, we need as much support as we can get. Refer families, donate, join the team and partner with us,” Joyce added.
To find out more visit www.grantasmile.org.uk