Christmas was perfect for these children as sack loads of gifts were donated

Echo: Easing the pain –  members of the Danny Green Fund with staff and gifts at Basildon Hospital Easing the pain – members of the Danny Green Fund with staff and gifts at Basildon Hospital

CHRISTMAS was made perfect for hundreds of sick children thanks to the generosity of people who donated sackloads of gifts.

The Danny Green Fund, based on Canvey, launched its annual appeal for presents to help put a smile on the faces of children at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The charity was so inundated with support this year, receiving more than 400 gifts from families across south Essex, volunteers spread the festive cheer even further afield and paid extra visits to Little Havens children’s hospice in Thundersley, as well as Basildon and Southend Hospitals.

The Danny Green Fund was launched in July last year by the family of Danny, 11, who died after losing a battle with brain and spinal cancer. His mother, Lisa Green, 46, of Hallet Road, Canvey, said: “We were just totally amazed by people’s generosity. The response was just unbelievable. “People would come in with a gift and then their friends would come in and it just escalated from there.

“We must have had more than 400 gifts, so we decided to visit Little Havens and the two hospitals in south Essex as well.

“It’s lovely, because the kids just light up when you see them and their parents are so grateful too, because obviously the hospital is the last place you want to be at Christmas time.

“We know how hard it is having gone through it all with Danny.

“It’s still really hard for us, but doing this helps keep us busy and makes their Christmases a little easier.”

The Danny Green Fund aims to support children under 16 who are suffering from posterior fossa syndrome – a rare condition which can occur after a brain tumour is surgically removed from the brain stem.

Jerusha Murdoch-Kelly, matron for acute paediatrics at Basildon Hospital, said: “It was a lovely gesture from the Danny Green Fund to bring so many presents for children who will be in hospital over Christmas.

“Acts of kindness like this make such a difference to young patients. They also brought chocolates for the nurse, which were greatly appreciated too.”

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11:30am Mon 30 Dec 13

InTheKnowOk says...

Nice to read that sick kids were given these gifts, but the fact is parents nowadays give their children too much which is making a rod for their own back as each year they have to surpass previous years ..
Nice to read that sick kids were given these gifts, but the fact is parents nowadays give their children too much which is making a rod for their own back as each year they have to surpass previous years .. InTheKnowOk

6:27pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

In my day we were content with less, it was hard, yet we still said thank-you.
In my day we were content with less, it was hard, yet we still said thank-you. Nowthatsworthknowing

8:56am Wed 1 Jan 14

Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
Nice to read that sick kids were given these gifts, but the fact is parents nowadays give their children too much which is making a rod for their own back as each year they have to surpass previous years ..
What a disgusting thing to say, you horrid person, trolling is an offence, I will have you kicked off this site
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: Nice to read that sick kids were given these gifts, but the fact is parents nowadays give their children too much which is making a rod for their own back as each year they have to surpass previous years ..[/p][/quote]What a disgusting thing to say, you horrid person, trolling is an offence, I will have you kicked off this site Yermotherwouldn'tlikeme

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