During the festive season when children should be at home with their families, around 3,000 children and young people from across the Midlands will spend time at Birmingham Children's Hospital. Some of those patients are too poorly to go home, so they remain in our specialist care throughout the whole of Christmas and New Year. During that time we do our best to bring Christmas to their bedside.
With your super santa support £10 could pay for a favourite Christmas film to show in the playroom, so all the children can gather and enjoy the magic.
If ten friends give £64 each, that could buy one more special 'Glide-away' bed so a parent can get a decent night's sleep, without leaving their little one's side.
Just forty gifts of £100 could cover the cost of refurbishing and restocking a family room - so sick children can enjoy quality time with their family at Christmas, and all year round.
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My name is Anita Taylor. I am married to Dean and we have two beautiful daughters: Chelsea who’s 17 and Paige, 11.
In April last year, Paige had a funny turn. We were driving to school, so we went straight to the doctors. That was Tuesday. He sent us to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for tests on Wednesday. And on Thursday we found out our precious little girl had cancer - a tumour on her left kidney.
The weeks before Christmas were fraught. Paige was so poorly, we didn't know where she'd be on Christmas Day – and of course, she was worried she’d miss out on her presents. We told her not to worry, we’d still be able to find her stocking next to the chart at the end of her bed.
Birmingham Children's Hospital is amazing. I've nothing but praise for everyone we've met, from cleaning staff to consultants. Every day we're grateful to them that our girl is still alive and now – thankfully – in remission. But their funds are spent, quite rightly, on clinical care. The 'extras' have to come from the hospital charity. That's where I hope you'll be able to help.
Just £10, or whatever you can spare, will mean kids who are too poorly to go home can have a magical Christmas in hospital. It could help pay for a cosy family room, so a sick child can have somewhere that feels like home to open their presents with the people they love. Or a bed so a parent can wake up with their child on Christmas morning.
The hospital are urgently looking for really special people to help – we're calling them "Super Santas" because you’ll give a really poorly child the best gift of all: the fun and relaxation of a family Christmas.
Please, this Christmas, will you be one of Birmingham Children's Hospital's Super Santas, so all those children, and all those mums and dads beside themselves with worry, will know you're wishing them well?
Thanks so much, if you're able to help.