TheRockinR is a small national charity which operates throughout the United Kingdom.
Registered on the 17th May 2018 as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) with the Charity Commission in England and Wales, Reg No. 1178420.
In August 2019 the decision was made to expand our charitable activities into Scotland. On the 8th August 2019, TheRockinR was granted charitable status by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator No. SC049525.
The charity is based in Wrenthorpe, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Approximately 10 miles from Leeds City Centre.
Reece’s Love For Gaming
Gaming is increasingly being realised both in research and in practice as a valuable resource for providing psychological and social support to children and young people with many medical conditions. TheRockinR has witnessed first-hand the positive impact gaming can have on the emotional wellbeing of children and young people.
We have received feedback from staff, clinicians, parents, and the young patients themselves that demonstrate the overwhelmingly positive impact the Medical Gaming Carts have had.
Clinicians have expressed how Gaming Carts allow young people access to an environment that removes them from the constraints and anxieties that often surround the hospital environment.
Why We Do It
Whilst Reece had his brain tumour his looks and personality changed. At times he did not want to interact with others because of the way he felt or how his speech had been affected.
The brain tumour never stopped Reece gaming. He continued to do this until the very end of his life. It gave him satisfaction and belonging, knowing he was part of an online gaming community that he could take part in 24 hours a day. Without this, I’m certain that Reece’s battle with cancer would have been far worse.
TheRockinR values, ethics, and motivation are what we as parents experienced and witnessed, not just throughout Reece’s nine-month battle with cancer, but with many other families, we met who also were being treated for various illnesses and conditions.
fUN AND sMILES
The charity aims to provide fun and smiles to children and young people spending time in hospitals and hospices throughout the United Kingdom. We know whilst Reece was in the hospital, wheeling in a Medical Gaming Cart would have meant the world to him, offering a welcome distraction, it would have brought a big smile to his face, for sure. We founded TheRockinR to help children, young people, parents and families who are plunged into these situations.
Missed by all
A Little Soldier
End of May 2017
Reece developed double vision. He was immediately booked in for an eye examination at the local opticians, once seen he was referred to Pinderfields Hospital eye clinic.
Saturday 3rd June 2017
Reece was checked over by the eye specialist at Pinderfields Hospital, Reece was given a follow-up appointment to carry out more tests later that week.
Thursday 8th June 2017
Reece and his parents returned to Pinderfields Hospital, there we were told the devastating news that Reece had brain cancer. We were promptly referred to the children’s oncology department at Leeds Children’s Hospital.
Friday 9th June 2017
Leeds Children’s Hospital, Reece’s parents were told he had an inoperable and incurable brain tumour known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), Reece would not survive longer than 12 months.
The only treatment for Reece was 30 sessions of radiotherapy, this treatment was only to prolong his life and was purely palliative.
Throughout the next few months
Reece endured, brain surgery, 6 weeks of radiotherapy treatment, more MRI scans, multiple outpatients appointments, the list goes on.
It truly amazed us how he battled through the relentless treatments and hospital appointments. The sheer resilience, bravery, courage, and determination Reece showed was beyond inspiring. He truly was our little soldier.
Reece’s health slowly started to decline. Like so many kids, Christmas was always such a special time of the year. Yet he struggled on, always keeping his unique sense of humour whilst smiling in the face of extreme adversity.
By Late February 2018
Reece’s sadly lost the use of his left arm. Reece was no longer able to play the games he loved. The loss of movement impaired his grip on the controller, this was a huge blow to Reece, both mentally and physically his confidence rapidly declined.
Sunday 4th March 2018
Aged 11, Reece sadly passed away at home, leaving a family devastated beyond belief.
Reece was taken far too soon. he deserved so much more and without doubt, he had so much more to give, but sadly Reece will never have the chance.
Reece’s short life will not be forgotten, his legacy will continue through his love of gaming and his gamer-tag ‘TheRockinR‘, this will provide much-needed help and support to many other children and young people. We hope many others will benefit from what we experienced and witnessed as a family.
Mob. +44 (0) 7879 052552
Tel. +44 (0) 113 328 0590
TheRockinR, 16 Sunnyhill Crescent,
Wrenthorpe, Wakefield, West Yorkshire,
WF2 0PR, United Kingdom.