Wipe away those tears is a charity which aims to grant a wish and bring a sparkle into the lives of terminally or seriously ill children in Essex. We have no overheads or administration costs, so every penny that is raised goes towards helping very special children

Wipe away those tears has no cures to offer and all too often some of our wishes will end in sadness, but during desperate times when there seems to be no hope we aim to wipe away those tears and bring a sparkle into the lives of these special children, no matter how big or small.

Wipe away those tears was set up in 2006 with the aim of raising money from a Summer Ball each year. In February 2007 my dear father, Phil O’Shea, sadly passed away.

Instead of flower tributes at his funeral friends and family paid tribute by making donations to wipe away those tears. It seems fitting that the charity I founded received these initial donations in memory of my beloved father.

Wipe Away Those Tears Jason O’Shea, Founding Trustee

How can we help you Wipe Away Those Tears

Do you think that our charity could help make a difference to a child that needs help?

If you live in Essex and think that our charity could help you, please email gail@wipeawaythosetears.org and tell us how we can help, giving us as much background and information as possible. If you are not able to email then please write to us at the address below.

Wipe Away Those Tears

c/o Future Office Solutions Ltd

Unit G The Business Centre

Faringdon Avenue

Romford, Essex


Zack Bassett

Zack is a fun-loving 11 year old boy who has Downs Syndrome. He was born prematurely and spent the first nine weeks of his life in special care. Zack needed a lot of help but was walking by the age of four.

Zack now goes to a wonderful SEN school where he is gaining confidence and making friends in his own right, however he still struggles heavily with fine and gross motor skills, as well as balance and communication.

He had the opportunity to try out a specialist trike and after lots of coaxing Zack decided he would have a go. His mum was so overwhelmed – Zack was riding a trike, his posture and comfort looked so right, and the joy and laughter he was displaying was wonderful to see.

Wipe Away Those Tears were delighted to purchase a specialist trike for Zack, and from the photo below you can see how happy this has made him.

Zack Bassett