Let's be honest, who doesn't love to wear their pyjamas? The idea of being in bed, or lazing on the sofa on a cold Winter's day such as this is surely pretty appealing to you all right now. What if there was no pressure on you to actually get dressed in the morning, instead going about your daily business still warm and cosy in those pyjamas? Well, the 8th - 12th October is for you . . .
. . . Because it is Humphrey's Pyjama Week.
And that means it is finally acceptable to be out and about like you're ready for bed (to all those that do this already - woman in the petrol station with hair-curlers in this morning, I'm looking at you - it'll be a relief). Adults will be turning up to work in them, within reason of course, and with permission. And children can attend nursery or school wearing their best Power Rangers or Sooty pyjamas, or whatever the cool kids wear these days.
Humphrey's Pyjama Week is intended to raise funds for The Children's Trust. The charity, set up in 1984, provides care, education, therapy and rehabilitation to children with multiple disabilities, complex health needs and acquired brain injury.
Take, for example, Brooke's story:
It is no overstatement to say that two year old Brooke is a unique little girl. She has an unnamed condition which causes the muscles in her body to contract and stiffen, leaving her chest and limbs rigid and only her hands and feet unaffected. Caused by a mutation in her genes, hers is currently the only known case in the world.
The tightness in her chest means Brooke requires 24-hour artificial ventilation via a tracheostomy (a hole in her windpipe) at very high pressure to ensure that her carbon dioxide levels remain safe. She is fed through a gastrostomy tube which also helps to remove air from her stomach, creating more space for her lungs so she can breathe more easily. Because of the complexity of her needs, Brooke requires round-the-clock supervision by a qualified nurse or carer.
The Children's Trust look after little girls like Brooke, children like Samantha who suffered from a huge brain haemorrhage, and young adults like Josh who was injured following a road accident. They care for them, give them physical and emotional support, and rehabilitate so the patient in question can experience a better quality of life.
But, like all charities, they rely on fundraising. And what better reason to generate funds for them than by doing nothing more than wearing your pyjamas and donating to them. It is that simple, but it means a world of difference to the Trust and the people they care for.
If you'd like more information, or would like to get involved in any way you possibly can, all the information is available on The Children's Trust website, located here.