Irthlingborough charity inundated with donations to help children in hospital this Christmas

Donations for the Christmas box appeal by Chelsea's Angels
Donations for the Christmas box appeal by Chelsea's Angels

A charity set up in memory of a little girl who lost her fight with cancer has been inundated with donations for its Christmas box appeal.

Chelsea’s Angels, the Irthlingborough-based charity set up in memory of Chelsea Knighton who died of childhood cancer neuroblastoma in 2009, recently appealed for donations to fill boxes for children on Ward 27 at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Donations for the Christmas box appeal

Donations for the Christmas box appeal

The charity wanted to do something festive to bring some cheer to youngsters on the ward where Chelsea was treated this Christmas.

Since appealing for donations, they have been inundated with gifts to put in the boxes and they are now getting ready to give out more than 130 boxes.

They were hoping to get enough donations to make up about 40 boxes so the generosity of people and businesses in the area has exceeded all their expectations.

Michelle Tomkins, who is the cousin of Chelsea’s mum Emma Knighton, said: “We have 137 boxes to distribute.

We’ve been blown away by everyone’s kindness

Michelle Tomkins

“Some are going to another local charity, Alfe’s Cause, who have families they will be giving them to and taking some to Northampton Hospital.

“We will be delivering some to Leicester Royal Infirmary’s Ward 27 and to children locally fighting cancer, their siblings and siblings of angels.

“Northants Police, Fire and County Court donated approximately 30 made-up boxes and also Staysure made up about 22 boxes.

“Lots of kind businesses and organisations took in donations for us which helped us so much.

Some of the donations

Some of the donations

“We’ve received a huge amount of donations, way above what we expected.

“We’ve been blown away by everyone’s kindness.”

Sweetbitz and Ria’s Rosy Lee tearoom in Cambridge Street, Wellingborough, Top Team Personnel in Oxford Street, Wellingborough, amd Tesco in Irthlingborough High Street were among those who agreed to be collection points for the Christmas appeal.

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 toiletries, 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.

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