Milly’s last Christmas was spent on Ward 84. By the early hours of Christmas Eve she had completed her 2nd cycle of chemotherapy, which had made her feel really unwell. Slowly the vomiting stopped and she started to feel slightly better, and was able to look forward to Christmas. We had been visited by many celebrities who came and chatted with Milly, she particularly loved Joe Hart – she thought he smelt fantastic, and she also loved Anthony Cotton too who spent quite a while chatting to her and even coming back to have a photo with Milly’s sister too. Just after midnight Father Christmas arrived on his mobility scooter! Milly loved this, he came and brought a Christmas stocking for every child on the ward, it was fantastic to see Milly so happy after her having been so unwell. Christmas morning was great with all the staff who made a fantastic effort to give all the children a great Christmas day – and they succeeded.
We wanted to do something to let the families know that we understand how tough it is in hospital at any time, but in particular at Christmas time and also wanted to let the staff know that they truly make a difference to our children every day. We delivered 5 hampers last Friday to Ward 84 and to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. There was a hamper for the families and a hamper for all the staff too, we also included a chocolate hamper which had been donated to us in the form of 20 selection boxes. The hampers were packed full of Christmas goodies and as an extra treat we have included some rainbow meringue kisses, which look very tempting! The hampers will be put out on Christmas Eve for everyone to enjoy.