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

SATAN’S SUPPORT

  • Feel it in your bones

    If you’ve ever broken a bone, you’ll know how painful it is. Now imagine having to suffer two breaks every year. That’s what 13-year-old Charlotte Oliver has had to go through, due to a condition she has suffered since birth. Satan’s Little Helper immediately asked what could be done to help.

     
    On average, Charlotte has two bone breaks a year – 30 in total over the course of her life. We’re not talking a small crack or a tiny fracture, nor something you might exaggerate to your mates to earn kudos. It’s usually a biggy and requires an urgent trip to the hospital!

     

    Charlotte has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, more commonly known as brittle bones. She doesn’t produce enough collagen, which means her bones aren’t as strong as other people’s.

     

    “She’s had 30 breaks since she was born, normally her femur,” explains her mum Amanda.

     

    The femur runs from your hip to your knee. It’s the longest bone in your body and usually the strongest, so if it breaks, you’ll end up in hospital.

     

    “Charlotte has had over 20 surgeries to set her bones or correct them after a break. Her last one was in January 2021. I’ll always remember when she broke both femurs at once; she wanted to get some putty off a coffee table and, instead of walking to get it, she launched herself at it and missed!”

     

    Charlotte is in a wheelchair but uses a walker at home. Amanda says she handles it all like a trooper.

     

    “She’s got an unbelievably high pain threshold. Once, she was in the hospital and all she was worried about was her sister getting upset about it!”

     

    Unfortunately, Charlotte will have her condition forever, but Amanda explains there are a few things doctors can do to make it more manageable.

     

    “She has a collagen infusion once a year, which makes a big difference. On the x-ray, you can almost see it fill in the cracks in her bones. She’s also had titanium rods inserted into her femur. They’ll do the same to her tibia (one of the bones that make up the shin) next.”

     

    Winter can be tough for Charlotte. The cold digs deep into her bones and causes her muscles to stiffen. However, a spa pool can help her relax, provide pain relief and enable a good night’s sleep — so Satan's Little Helper was keen to arrange one for her.

     

    “I love the spa pool!” says Charlotte. “When I use it at night, I’m a lot more relaxed when I get into bed and I can sleep easier, because my muscles aren’t sore and achy. It also means I can get up easier and I’m more motivated during the day.”

     

    The spa provides other benefits, too.

     

    “I can have my friends around and we can hang out in the spa pool. It’s something we can all do together and it makes me feel included, which is important to me.”

     

    Amanda agrees and says she’s had a few worries taken off her plate as well.

     

    “When you’ve got a child with a disability, it’s lovely to see them doing the same activities as their friends. It’s amazing that Charlotte can do that and get pain relief, thanks to the spa pool.”

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  • A calming influence

    Twins Ciara and Seira Keay are deeply in tune with each other, which isn’t ideal when it comes to dealing with the combustive nature of their autism. A device provided by Satan’s Little Helper has changed things for the better.

     
    The pair are non-verbal and were diagnosed with autism when they were three years old. It hasn’t been an easy childhood, despite their family’s best efforts.
     
    “We’ve been trying to go through the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to maximise their opportunity to communicate with the rest of the world,” explains dad Hamish. “We’ve hit so many roadblocks with the way the system is set up, so we turned to Satan’s Little Helper.”
     
    Hamish and his wife Mayuko have tried to provide their daughters with a regular upbringing. Sending them to mainstream school was the goal, but that was prevented by the lack of facilities to support them.

     
    Now Ciara and Seira are at a special school, where they work hard on improving their counting and sentence structure. Their communication has also improved, thanks to a tablet provided by Satan’s Little Helper.
     

    “It’s a massive help,” says Hamish. “The girls are taking to it like ducks to water. Before, they used a word board to communicate, but now they use a special app called TouchChat HD- AAC w/ WordPower that says the word for them, so they can form full sentences.
     

    “This means the girls can practise annunciating their words and attempt to verbally communicate with more confidence, which is a hugely positive change for all of us.”

     
    Another plus is the reduced number of “meltdowns”.
     

    “Our house is a lot calmer because they’re a lot less frustrated with their inability to communicate,” says Hamish. “We haven’t had as many meltdowns since we got the tablet, which is amazing. You can see the change in their behaviour all over their faces – and if it keeps one calm, the other will generally be calm too.”
     
    The tablet has also given Ciara and Seira more independence, and time to develop as individuals.
     

    “They love being together, but they want to be their own people,” explains Hamish. “Now we can take one out on her own and we’re confident she won’t have a meltdown.”
     

    Hamish and Mayuko say the device has taken a massive weight off their shoulders, and are excited to see how it can continue to help their daughters in the future.

     
    The long-term goal is to get them fully verbal. Ciara and Seira are in the case of a speech-language therapist and are doing well.
     
    “The tablet should help support those goals at an accelerated rate,” says Hamish.

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  • A calming influence

    Twins Ciara and Seira Keay are deeply in tune with each other, which isn’t ideal when it comes to dealing with the combustive nature of their autism. A device provided by Satan’s Little Helper has changed things for the better.

     
    The pair are non-verbal and were diagnosed with autism when they were three years old. It hasn’t been an easy childhood, despite their family’s best efforts.
     
    “We’ve been trying to go through the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to maximise their opportunity to communicate with the rest of the world,” explains dad Hamish. “We’ve hit so many roadblocks with the way the system is set up, so we turned to Satan’s Little Helper.”
     
    Hamish and his wife Mayuko have tried to provide their daughters with a regular upbringing. Sending them to mainstream school was the goal, but that was prevented by the lack of facilities to support them.

     
    Now Ciara and Seira are at a special school, where they work hard on improving their counting and sentence structure. Their communication has also improved, thanks to a tablet provided by Satan’s Little Helper.
     

    “It’s a massive help,” says Hamish. “The girls are taking to it like ducks to water. Before, they used a word board to communicate, but now they use a special app called TouchChat HD- AAC w/ WordPower that says the word for them, so they can form full sentences.
     

    “This means the girls can practise annunciating their words and attempt to verbally communicate with more confidence, which is a hugely positive change for all of us.”

     
    Another plus is the reduced number of “meltdowns”.
     

    “Our house is a lot calmer because they’re a lot less frustrated with their inability to communicate,” says Hamish. “We haven’t had as many meltdowns since we got the tablet, which is amazing. You can see the change in their behaviour all over their faces – and if it keeps one calm, the other will generally be calm too.”
     
    The tablet has also given Ciara and Seira more independence, and time to develop as individuals.
     

    “They love being together, but they want to be their own people,” explains Hamish. “Now we can take one out on her own and we’re confident she won’t have a meltdown.”
     

    Hamish and Mayuko say the device has taken a massive weight off their shoulders, and are excited to see how it can continue to help their daughters in the future.

     
    The long-term goal is to get them fully verbal. Ciara and Seira are in the case of a speech-language therapist and are doing well.
     
    “The tablet should help support those goals at an accelerated rate,” says Hamish.

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  • Let the children play

    Satan’s Little Helper is a playful character, so he jumped at the chance to help Rangiora Toy Library (RTL) in its mission to improve children’s education through play – by providing $480 in HELL vouchers.

     

     

    Half that amount in dollars was needed for RTL to reach its target to buy new shelves and improve the centre’s limited space.

     

    “We sold the vouchers at half price and they proved wildly popular,” says RTL vice president and secretary Lizzy Anderson. “We could have sold three times as many!”

     

    Established more than 20 years ago, the community-run RTL is funded through a combination of subscription fees, donations, grants, and fundraisers.

     

    Lizzy says that everyone involved is very thankful for HELL’s support.

     

    “We’ve got the shelves installed now. They’ve made a significant difference to the library, because now we can safely store our larger toys and there’s also more space for the children to play.

     

    “Not all families have access to toys at home; we’re an affordable alternative with more than 1,000 different items available to our members.” 

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  • Bring on the braces!

    Toby Robinson has it tough. Not only has he got ADHD and anxiety, he’s also going through puberty and battling dental issues that would make the Tooth Fairy cry. Luckily, he has another little helper on his side.

     
    “There are three types of ADHD,” explains Toby’s mum, Amy. “Toby he has them all. He’s socially awkward, which his ADHD medication makes worse, and other kids can find it difficult to get along with him because he’s high energy and impulsive.”

     

    Toby was diagnosed when he was 10 years old, but the medication doctors prescribed to make him better had the opposite effect.

    “It gave him bad headaches and exaggerated his social anxiety,” says Amy.

     

    “Coming into his tween and teenage years, Toby became even more self-conscious of himself because his teeth were so bad, he couldn’t even smile. Going into college was really tough. Of course, that made his anxiety even worse.”

     

    Toby’s jaw is too narrow, which forces his top row of teeth inside his bottom row. That causes all sorts of problems.

     

    “He couldn’t bite down on food properly. I used to think he was a fussy and messy eater, but it was because his teeth wouldn’t line up properly!”

     

    Left untreated, dentists said it would require surgery to cut Toby’s jaw open and expand it. There was another way to correct the situation without taking drastic action, but it wasn’t funded by New Zealand’s public health system.

     

    That’s when Satan’s Little Helper stepped in to cover the cost of the treatment.

     

    “The orthodontist took a mould of Toby’s teeth and created a device that fitted around his back teeth and attached to the roof of his mouth,” says Amy.

     

    The device was in place for six months and expanded every two days by turning a key, which widened Toby’s jaw.

     

    Toby is now living expander-free but needs braces to finish the job. However, he says he’s already feeling the benefits of the treatment.

     

    “It didn’t really hurt, although it was a bit uncomfortable when I could feel it expanding my jaw,” says Toby. “I feel a lot better now, as there is a lot more space in my mouth and it’s so much easier for me to eat. Even though my braces aren’t on yet, I feel a lot more confident because I know they’re coming.”

     

    Amy agrees.

     

    “He’s a lot happier and more confident. This is the first step towards getting his teeth sorted and he can’t wait for the final result. Getting the treatment done is a huge weight off my shoulders as well, it was such a relief.”

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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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