“Oskar Craig is a much loved little boy who suffered from a terminal illness and his legacy will be ‘Oskar’s Dreams,’ a charity formed in December 2006, to help fund specialist care for children who follow him”, states the website www.oskardreams.org
Oskar was born on 15 July 2005 in Nobles Hospital, Isle of Man. His Parents were not aware of anything wrong until he was diagnosed with a devastating condition called Malignant Migrating Partial Epilepsy of Infancy (MMPEI). This type of epilepsy is very rare, only four confirmed in the UK and about 40 worldwide, and life expectancy with MMPEI is very low. Oskar passed away in February 2007, aged only 18 months.
In his memory, Oskar’s Dreams raises funds to assist other seriously ill children, providing facilities and professional care. In fact, any donation benefits one or more of the families who desperately need respite care, whether at home or within the hospital.
One of the charity’s latest projects has been to refurbish a counselling room called Jade’s Place, as a lasting legacy to Jade, daughter of Oskar’s Dreams secretary, Dawn Herbert. Jade, who was a loyal supporter of Oskar’s Dreams passed away in 2013 after a 7 year battle with a rare form of bone cancer. The family decided that funds would be raised in her memory to equip a room for young adult patients and families to chill out in.
Lorraine Boyd, member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee at Abacus, commented: “Each quarter we choose a charity to benefit from our fundraising initiatives and hope that our donation will go some way to assist the charity in continuing its on-going hard work and commitments to such a worthwhile cause.”
“The donation was raised through our Staff Charity Salary Deduction Scheme, which offers staff the opportunity to donate money from their salaries each month into the Scheme’s fundraising pot. The total of staff salary donations is matched by the company every quarter and then donated to a chosen charity. Staff at Abacus also held a cake and bake sale, all the proceeds from which were added to the pot. Everyone at Abacus is pleased to have been able to support Oskar’s Dreams.”