Snowflake AppealAbout our appeal Every child Home-Start supports is as unique and fragile as a snowflake. Right now thousands of young children are experiencing hardship or tragedy through no fault of their own. Many families need support to get through some very tough times and this is where Home-Start can help. Sometimes we are their last chance. You can raise money any time you like for the Snowflake Appeal. But we go big on it from 1 November to 31 January each year. You will help us reach thousands of fragile and vulnerable children across the UK. HomeAboutAbout the appealAbout Home-StartFundraise & ShopFundraiseMaterialsMake a donationShopChildren's StoriesDaisy, Thomas, Lucy and ZoeJoseph's storyRosie's storyLatest NewsContactDonate Joseph's story Joseph was born prematurely, in a complex birth. For the next six weeks he refused to drink and became dehydrated. Finally after seeing five different consultants at two different hospitals, he was diagnosed with Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disorder. The treatment was 24 hour care and to be fed through a tube in his nose. Before he was allowed home, Joseph's mum, Jackie was trained to administer the tubes that kept him alive, operate pumps, prepare special feeds and give four different types of medication. She says, “I had stopped being Joseph’s mum and turned into his nurse. Normal mums can simply cuddle and enjoy their babies; I had to keep mine alive.” One day a concerned nurse referred her to Home-Start and a volunteer began visiting to provide extra support that Jackie - who was also looking after her older son, Jack - desperately needed. Jackie adds, “What incredible, selfless and considerate people. So far, we have had two wonderful volunteers, Julie and Lisa, who give their time so willingly and enthusiastically. They helped me become a mum again to Joseph and not just his ‘nurse’. Joseph and I will always be eternally grateful.” To support a child like Joseph, please support our Snowflake Appeal by making a donation today.