Wellingborough and Irthlingborough firms show their support for appeal to help children in hospital this Christmas

Chelsea's Angels was set up in memory of Chelsea Knighton
Chelsea's Angels was set up in memory of Chelsea Knighton

A number of businesses have come forward to support an appeal to put a smile on the face of youngsters who be spending Christmas in hospital.

Following a story on the Northants Telegraph’s website, four local businesses have said they will be collection points for the Christmas Eve Box Appeal by Chelsea’s Angels.

The Christmas Eve Box Appeal is supporting the ward where Chelsea Knighton was treated

The Christmas Eve Box Appeal is supporting the ward where Chelsea Knighton was treated

The Irthlingborough-based charity, which was set up in memory of Chelsea Knighton who died of childhood cancer neuroblastoma in 2009, will be putting together boxes to give out to children on the ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

It is the ward where Chelsea was treated, and it is hoped that the Christmas boxes will bring some cheer to youngsters while they are in hospital.

Since the appeal for donations, Sweetbitz and Ria’s Rosy Lee tearoom in Cambridge Street, Wellingborough, and Top Team Personnel in Oxford Street, Wellingborough, have said they will be collection points for anyone wanting to make a donation to the appeal.

Tesco in Irthlingborough High Street has also said it will collect items to be given to youngsters in hospital this Christmas.

If any other organisations in another want to offer, that would be amazing

Michelle Tomkins

Michelle Tomkins from the charity, which raises money to help children and their families affected by neuroblastoma and other childhood cancers, said they were really pleased that these Wellingborough companies had come forward, but added: “If any other organisations in another town want to offer, that would be amazing.”

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 or search for Chelsea’s Angels on Facebook.