Zaynab Raza, is not like any normal 8 year old little girl. Last year she was in a fatal condition and her family did not think that she would make it to her 8th birthday this year, but with the help of receiving very strong intensification chemotherapy from the children’s oncology clinic at Wexham Hospital, Zaynab has remained strong and celebrated her 8th birthday last month.
The Raza family from Slough, became involved with Sebastian’s Action Trust after receiving an invitation to the charity’s Christmas party last year. The family heard about the Pride of Britain Award winning Trust through Wexham Hospital, but unfortunately Zaynab’s chemotherapy treatment was delayed meaning that she was too weak to attend.
A year on and now the Raza family receive lots of support from the charity. Our outreach workers, Claire and Katie have visited the family at the oncology clinic, have helped to fill in various forms, provided lots of useful advice and more recently organised a birthday party at our new Family Outreach Hub in Slough in celebration of Zaynab’s 8th birthday.
Our Youth Support Worker Katie said, “When I first met Zaynab she wouldn’t talk to me as she does not like talking to anyone in hospital, her mother Asma explained to me that it’s her way of pretending she’s not there. Once I visited her at home, it was great to see Zaynab as it was clear she was more comfortable in her own surroundings and was chatting away all morning to me, she hasn’t stopped being a chatter box since!”
Zaynab’s mother Asma said, “We have received so much support from Sebastian’s Action Trust and Claire and Katie have made such a difference in providing lots of advice and support for the whole family. Being able to hold Zaynab’s 8th birthday party at the Hub was a dream come true. We were unsure whether she would be well enough but thankfully she has responded to her treatment well. In total we had 29 people at the party including grandparents, cousins, aunties and uncles. She was so excited to see the Hub for the first time and was overwhelmed by the amount of activities to do there. It was so nice to see her enjoying the air hockey table and having a go at Pool, we also made a treasure hunt, a lucky dip and had lots of party food, cake and presents too. Thank you so much to the charity for making this happen”.