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Special Christmas moments

Aimee experiences her first Christmas dinner

Tucking into a festive feast at Christmas is something we all look forward to. But for one mum, setting a place a place at the dinner table for her little girl, who has a life-limiting condition, had never been an option. Shining stars at Acorns Children’s Hospice helped to make mum, Charlotte’s, Christmas wish for her daughter, Aimee, to eat Christmas dinner with her family come true.

Aimee had been tube fed her whole life but with the help of Acorns staff providing tips and techniques and encouraging her eating during short breaks at the hospice, Mum, Charlotte’s dream became a reality. She said “I remember that Christmas Day I just sat at the table crying as she had her first taste of Christmas dinner. Acorns Children’s Hospice had made my wish come true and they’d created a wonderful memory that any parent should have.”

Christmas for me is about making memories with my daughter. Seeing her face light up makes my heart glow.

Making memories with baby Kai

Leanne and Sara were over the moon when their much-longed-for baby boy, Kai, was born in 2019, following two-and-a-half years of IVF. But joy soon turned to heartache and fear when Kai was diagnosed with a serious and complex brain condition at Christmas-time last year. Thankfully they found solace at their local children’s hospice, Demelza, who provided a lifeline and helped the family spend precious time together.

Sara said “I could never have imagined that our first day out as a family would have been at a hospice but it was a big day for us and we loved it.”

It wasn’t long before Leanne and Sara faced another hurdle they could never have predicted: COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown. The gloomy months in isolation were made brighter for little Kai, thanks to virtual music therapy and other online support sessions from Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Support from their local children’s hospice means the absolute world to them all. Leanne says “This virus isn’t going away quickly but we don’t know how long we have Kai for. We can’t lose this precious time – we need to make memories as a family.”

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