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

UN-DIVINE INTERVENTION

  • 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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  • Absolutely Marvel-ous!

    Six-year-old Cameron Bartle was born with only half a heart and has already had four open heart surgeries in his short life span! Tough gig for a little kid - but the brave young boy has remained positive and, with support from Satan’s Little Helper, is feeling like a superhero.

     

    Cameron’s condition, hypoplastic right heart syndrome, is a rare birth defect which affects the right ventricle of the heart, affecting normal blood flow.

     

    Limited by his condition and unable to participate in as many fun activities as his peers, Cameron dreams of life as a superhero and aspires to be just like Batman.

     

    “Cameron is such a wonderful, kind wee soul, who really deserves a break,” says his mum, Rachael Bartle.

     

    “He absolutely loves anything Marvel related; he’s spent many hours watching the rescue choppers landing and taking off at Starship Hospital, dreaming of gaining his own super powers to fly with them.”

     

    Rachael says her older son, Cory, has also had it tough over the past five years with Cameron in and out of hospital.

     

    “Cory’s been an amazing big brother and deserves recognition. They’re both just awesome kids.”

     

    Moved by their story, Satan’s Little Helper put together a superhero Christmas package for the brothers to enjoy together – an assortment of goodies from clothes and stationery to the Batman 3 PlayStation game for the brothers to enjoy together.

     

    “Cameron was absolutely delighted with his treats; he hasn’t stopped smiling!” says Rachael. “He keeps saying he’s the luckiest kid alive and making sure he shares with his big brother, which is great.”

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  • The magic of LEGO

    Alex Herbert has suffered 12 months of hell. First, he saw his dad struck down by a major stroke, then he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Despite this, he remains a cheerful little boy more concerned with others’ wellbeing than his own.

     
    Witnessing such a traumatic event, and what came next, was a real test for Alex and his mum Farah.

     

    “Alex is really close to his dad, so seeing him unable to walk or talk was a struggle for him, but then Alex was diagnosed with leukaemia during the first lockdown – 97% of his bone marrow had leukaemia cells.”

     

    Farah says Alex’s first thought when he was told the bad news wasn’t about himself.

     

    “When Alex was told he had leukaemia, the first thing he was worried about is who would look after his dad. That just shows his strength of character.”

     

    Alex was put on a chemotherapy program, but in December doctors revealed that he wasn’t responding to treatment as they expected.

     

    “His treatment was increased to four chemo injections and a course of IV chemo a week, plus chemo pills every day. He also has to go into theatre and receive chemo there.”

     

    His treatment destroyed his immune system, so Alex and his family are in total lockdown.

     

    “The only time we leave the house is for walks and hospital trips,” explains Farah. “We’ll be like this for at least six months while Alex receives his treatment.”

     

    Everyone can agree that isolating at home for six months sucks, especially when friends and family can get out into the big wide world. That’s why Satan’s Little Helper sent him some new LEGO to play with, and a few of his favourite books to keep him occupied.

     

    “Alex finished his books the day he got them, and he’s busy re-reading them as we speak! The LEGO has been brilliant as well, it gives him something to focus on which isn’t screen-related, and it’s something that helps engage his brain.

     

    “He’s just finished reading the second Harry Potter book, so getting a massive Chamber of Secrets set was so exciting for him.”

     

    Farah is hopeful that Alex will ‘only’ have to isolate for six months, although his treatment could take as long as two-and-a-half years. The next step is to get him back to school (he currently does it online), and face-to-face with his mates and peers.

     

    We’re all crossing our fingers for some positive progress from Alex, who remains a "bouncy, happy, cheerful little boy” despite everything he’s been through.

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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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