KNOW A YOUNG KIWI WHO'S GOING THROUGH HELL – OR ONE WHO'S HELPING OTHERS OUT OF A HELLISH SITUATION?

As a young-at-heart and fun-loving Kiwi-owned business, HELL loves to see young New Zealanders doing well. So when we hear about kids having a tough time, we’ll try to make a difference wherever we can.

 

That’s why Satan’s Little Helper was sent on his quest to cut a break for good young souls struck down by the big guy in the sky.

 

We also know there are many others out there fighting the good fight, and so we’ve launched Satan’s Biggest Little Helper to recognise under-23-year-olds going above and beyond to help create a better future for others.

 

If you know of any under-18s worthy of un-divine intervention, or would like to recognise the hard toil of an under 23-year-old who’s gone the extra mile, nominate them now and SLH will see what he can do to help and support them.

NOMINATE someone for Satan’s Little Helper’s Services Click Here

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  • Freedom on two wheels

    Klee was bullied out of her hometown school but, thanks to some supportive teachers and a new bicycle, she’s enjoying life again.

     
    “Klee has ADHD and is an easy target for local bullies,” explains mum Kirsty. “She had to move schools, because she was being bullied so much. It was so bad that she couldn’t even walk to the dairy without being abused.”

     

    This sad tale hurts every child involved and is unfortunately not unique in New Zealand. Kirsty says that Klee felt as though she was suffering blow after blow after blow at a time in her life when she was trying to find herself.

     

    “She’s already been through so much; she’s got anxiety; she suffers from panic attacks; and she’s being seen by ICAMS (Infant Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service). She just has not been able to catch a break.”

     

    Her new school has been helpful and provides counselling and a peer support worker, which has improved her overall performance.

     

    Klee loves being outside, and was always an active kid, but hasn’t been able to get out much over the past few years. “She used to love being on her bicycle,” explains Kirsty. “But she outgrew it and we never replaced it. She used to be in a running group for kids around the area but then she started having panic attacks and seizures, so she had to stop.”

     

    Satan’s Little Helper couldn’t stand by and do nothing, so we set her up with a new bike, a helmet and a bike lock.

     

    “Klee has been active since day dot and she’s been super stoked to get her bike. When it arrived, she couldn’t open it because we needed to wait for her dad to get home and assemble it, she was vibrating with excitement the whole day!”

     

    Klee says she had no idea she’d been nominated for Satan’s Little Helper – and loves her new bike. “I was shocked and happy at the same time! I’ve been riding a lot and going on longer and longer rides.

     

    “I really missed being on a bike. It makes me feel a lot safer, because I can get away from the bullying.” “

     

    We live near a lake with a walking track and she goes around there,” says Kirsty. “It’s a massive help for her mental health. Her dad is thinking about getting a bike to go with her and that will allow them to have some more quality father-daughter time.”

     

    A new bike won’t help Klee magic her troubles away, but if it makes her feel just a tiny bit better, it’s definitely worth it!

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  • Tyler’s terrific tramp

    Five-year-old Tyler Pennycook suffered a stroke at birth and has limited mobility on his right-hand side. To strengthen Tyler’s muscles and improve his range of motion, Satan’s Little Helper part-funded a much-needed trampoline.

     
    Tyler’s mum, Emma McComb’s, doesn’t remember much about the day hospital staff took her newborn son away from her.

     

    “I didn’t think he was going to survive. It was all a blur,” says Emma.

     

    The day after Tyler’s birth, he stopped breathing and started having seizures. Doctors performed a lumbar puncture to test for meningitis and when that returned a negative, he was flown to Wellington from Palmerston North.

     

    “Within an hour they stopped the seizures,” explains Emma, “and found out he had a major stroke in utero. They say it was caused by a blot clot during labour.”

     

    Tyler’s stroke affected his right leg and foot, as well as his speech. He can talk now, but his development was delayed – he also needs annual botox treatment in his leg to relax his muscles.

     

    “His muscles aren’t as developed in his right leg and he swings it out when he walks. His toes on his right foot are curled up, so doctors will have to break and re-set them when he’s older.”

     

    Finding ways for Tyler to engage his right leg to develop muscles is important, which is why Satan’s Little Helper was delighted to help Emma purchase a spring safe trampoline with a safety net.

     

    “The trampoline helps his physical and mental health. He’s been on it non-stop and you can see him growing in confidence.

     

    “My other son has had all his mates over to play on it and they love it too. They’ve had the hose on there, they’ve had balls on there, they’ve had everything possible on there!”

     

    A net around the outside of the trampoline means Tyler can play in it with no risk of falling off – which gives Emma some much needed time to herself.

     

    “Having some time where I can do the chores on my own or just relax is important. I don’t need to sit and watch him 24/7, because I know he’ll be safe.”

     

    Tyler has been through a lot in his short time on earth. His next challenge will be to adapt to school, something that Emma says will be tricky.

     

    “He thrives off routine; anything that’s different is a struggle for him. He’ll have a slow integration into school, but he’ll get there in the end. He’s got the most awesome personality. He’s such a happy boy, considering what he’s been through – he’s a little fighter.”

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  • Billy and Noah given the gift of Christmas

    Rachel Treloar told Satan’s Little Helper she needed a bit of extra to provide the Christmas her boys Billy (8) and Noah (7) Duncan deserve. We were only too happy to help.

     
    Christmas can be stressful at the best of times, but for Rachel, who was worried about providing an experience her two deserve while on a low income, it was almost overwhelming.

     

    Luckily, she heard about Satan’s Little Helper through a friend and decided to nominate Billy and Noah.

     

    “Both of the boys have got disabilities (chromosome syndrome and autism) and we were really struggling to get presents and provide a proper Christmas because of our low income,” says Rachel.

     

    Satan’s Little Helper couldn’t idly stand by, so we hooked the family up with a New World voucher and enough presents to make sure they had a special day! “We bought heaps of food, so we could have a proper Christmas feast, as well as enough treats to keep ourselves and Billy happy for the whole holiday – plus we got some great presents as well,” says Rachel.

     

    Satan’s Little Helper kitted the twins out with a comforter set each, an inflatable pool so they could enjoy the summer to its fullest, and some other bits and bobs. “It was so good to see their little faces when they got their presents,” says Rachel.

     

    “I was so happy to see their reaction. Billy loves his spiderman blanket and drink bottle, Noah loves his bed cover, and they’re both so excited to go for a swim!”

     

    Billy and Noah’s autism affects them in different ways, and life can be hard at times. “They struggle every day, because they tend to get so worn out, and that makes them a little grumpy. Billy is more verbal than Noah,” says Rachel, “but they can both have bad behavioural issues, as well as sensory issues.”

     

    Despite that, Rachel says they’re both making good progress at school. “Noah used to be so sensitive to the smell of food that it would make him gag, but now he’s a lot more tolerant, while Billy is loving the change of environment. He can now put sentences together and communicate a lot more!” I

     

    t sounds like the boys are progressing nicely and overcoming the challenges that having autism can bring. They’ve ended 2021 on a high note – hopefully they can take that energy into 2022!

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  • Tyler’s terrific tramp

    Five-year-old Tyler Pennycook suffered a stroke at birth and has limited mobility on his right-hand side. To strengthen Tyler’s muscles and improve his range of motion, Satan’s Little Helper part-funded a much-needed trampoline.

     
    Tyler’s mum, Emma McComb, doesn’t remember much about the day hospital staff took her newborn son away from her.

     

    “I didn’t think he was going to survive. It was all a blur,” says Emma.

     

    The day after Tyler’s birth, he stopped breathing and started having seizures. Doctors performed a lumbar puncture to test for meningitis and when that returned a negative, he was flown to Wellington from Palmerston North.

     

    “Within an hour they stopped the seizures,” explains Emma, “and found out he had a major stroke in utero. They say it was caused by a blot clot during labour.”

     

    Tyler’s stroke affected his right leg and foot, as well as his speech. He can talk now, but his development was delayed – he also needs annual botox treatment in his leg to relax his muscles.

     

    “His muscles aren’t as developed in his right leg and he swings it out when he walks. His toes on his right foot are curled up, so doctors will have to break and re-set them when he’s older.”

     

    Finding ways for Tyler to engage his right leg to develop muscles is important, which is why Satan’s Little Helper was delighted to help Emma purchase a spring safe trampoline with a safety net.

     

    “The trampoline helps his physical and mental health. He’s been on it non-stop and you can see him growing in confidence. “My other son has had all his mates over to play on it and they love it too. They’ve had the hose on there, they’ve had balls on there, they’ve had everything possible on there!”

     

    A net around the outside of the trampoline means Tyler can play in it with no risk of falling off – which gives Emma some much needed time to herself.

     

    “Having some time where I can do the chores on my own or just relax is important. I don’t need to sit and watch him 24/7, because I know he’ll be safe.”

     

    Tyler has been through a lot in his short time on earth. His next challenge will be to adapt to school, something that Emma says will be tricky.

     

    “He thrives off routine; anything that’s different is a struggle for him. He’ll have a slow integration into school, but he’ll get there in the end. He’s got the most awesome personality. He’s such a happy boy, considering what he’s been through – he’s a little fighter.”

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  • Diving into adventure

    Harley Miller is one of life’s unlucky warriors. He battles through five different ailments each day with one overarching objective in mind – to make happy memories, which is exactly the kind of thing Satan’s Little Helper likes to help out with.

     
    When 16-year-old Harley is asleep, he dies once an hour.

     

    “He stops breathing for 30 seconds,” says his mum Helen. “His heart stops beating and the only thing that saves him is his brain, which tells his body to kick back into action. I’m used to it now, but when it first happened it was really scary.”

     

    The cause of this terrifying condition is sleep apnoea, which is when the muscles in a person’s airways relax and forms a blockage.

     

    Harley was diagnosed six years ago and underwent surgery to try and correct the problem.

     

    “Surgeons broke his nose and jawline, took away part of his cheek, removed his tonsils and shaved off some of his tongue, but it didn’t work,” explains Helen.

     

    Further corrective measures could be taken, and they’re all just as unpleasant. Harley may have to go under the knife again and is scheduled to see his doctor later in 2022.

     

    “His oxygen levels need to improve,” says Helen. “Currently they’re at 60-70% and they should be at 90-100%. One option is to have a tracheostomy (a hole surgeons make through the front of the neck into the windpipe), or to have his previous surgery repeated to see if it’ll work this time.”

     

    As if that wasn’t enough, Harley suffers from mobility limiting spina bifida, gout and arthritis.

     

    “His ankles, knees, hips and back are all really bad. He doesn’t have the mobility of most kids his age and because of his gout he can’t eat seafood, which he loves!”

     

    He also has deteriorating eyesight that will limit his ability to do things like drive at night by the time he’s an adult.

     

    Helen approached Satan’s Little Helper with the aim of giving Harley some good memories, so we hooked him up with a session of indoor skydiving and sent him on the TSS Earnslaw cruise in Queenstown.

     

    “Harley has always wanted to try indoor skydiving and he loved it. He was really comfortable with the instructor and he flew by himself a few times. He really got the adrenaline buzz from it and when he came out, he was smiling from ear to ear.”

     

    The cruise brought Harley back down to earth and helped him settle after the buzz of being in the air – contrasting experiences that he can add to his scrapbook as he bravely battles against the adversity that his body continues to throw at him.

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  • Satan’s Little Helper can’t perform miracles, but has been known to get people out of a tight spot. Check out how Lucifer’s little mate helped these unfortunates in their time of need.

    MORE UN-DIVINE INTERVENTION +

  • IHC’s Project Active trains it's youth members to become self-sufficient, so when they asked us for a few pizzas for a party, we figured a simple treat wouldn’t quite do the trick. Check out what happened!

    MORE ACTIVE IN HELL +

  • Feeding Brains

    They say the devil finds work for idle hands, but we’ve flipped the script by making that work educational. Our plan kicked off with a Reading Challenge to get more books in kids’ mitts.

    Read for yourself here!   

     

  • Hell’s supported charities and foundations for a long time. When a worthy cause grabs our attention, we’ll throw our weight behind it.

    MORE SATAN'S SUPPORT +

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