An appeal has been made for help to put a smile on the face of youngsters who will be spending Christmas in hospital.
Chelsea’s Angels, the charity set up in memory of Chelsea Knighton who died of childhood cancer neuroblastoma in 2009, has launched its Christmas Eve Box Appeal.
The charity will be putting together boxes to give out to children on the ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary, the ward where Chelsea was treated, to try and bring some festive cheer to the youngsters while they are in hospital.
Michelle Tomkins from the charity, which raises money to help children and their families affected by neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers, said: “The Christmas packs are something different, we like the idea of it and thought it would be a nice thing to do.
“Chelsea’s mum Emma knows what it is like to be on a ward over Christmas.
“We usually take them up to the hospital a week prior to Christmas and it is just like watching a normal child opening their Christmas presents, it’s lovely to see the smiles on their faces.”
Donating even just one item will help us so muchMichelle Tomkins
Donations can include pyjamas, Christmas DVDs, selection boxes, Christmas colouring and activity books, Christmas crafts, fluffy socks and small games.
Chelsea’s last wish before she lost her two-year fight against neuroblastoma was for her family to help other poorly children like her.
Since her family set up the charity in 2010, the Irthlingborough-based charity has raised more than £140,000 and helped more than 285 children and their families.
Support can include a gift for the child or assistance to the parents in covering costs such as fuel to get to and from hospital appointments.
They also put together care packs for children at Leicester Royal Infirmary which are given out throughout the year.
These include mini toiletries, some snacks and treats, word searches, pens and note pads as well as distractions for the children such as craft items, activity pads or a small teddy for comfort.
Michelle, who is the cousin of Chelsea’s mum Emma Knighton, said: “Donating even just one item will help us so much.”
The charity would love to hear from anyone who would like to donate any items for the appeal or who would like to be a collection point for the appeal.
If you can help, call Emma Knighton on 07717 606864.
For more information about Chelsea’s Angels, go to www.chelseasangels.co.uk.