Mum’s de­liv­ery of ad­vent cal­en­dars opens new doors

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

A HILLING­DON mum-of­five and her youngest son have col­lected a stag­ger­ing 473 ad­vent cal­en­ders for chil­dren in hospi­tal thanks to the help of friends, fam­ily and com­plete strangers.

Hay­ley White left a post on Face­book two weeks ago to say she would be col­lect­ing the Christ­mas cal­en­dars for sick chil­dren, and has been over­whelmed by the char­i­ta­ble re­sponse.

She came up with the idea af­ter spend­ing the last year-and-a-half in and out of hospi­tal for tests due to her son Fin­ley’s un­di­ag­nosed health prob­lems.

The three-year-old suf­fers from around 80 seizures a day, has prob­lems with his move­ment and vis­its a speech ther­a­pist.

But Miss White said the young­ster takes it all in his stride.

The 32-year-old added: “I did it for my son who’s had a rough year with on­go­ing health prob­lems.

“We’ve spent a bit of time in hospi­tal and we’ve got to go back every few months. “It’s very up­set­ting. “But he’s the hap­pi­est lit­tle boy ever.”

Miss White, who works as a carer, joined Fin­ley to de­liver the great bun­dle of cal­en­dars to Great Or­mond Street and Hilling­don hos­pi­tals last Wed­nes­day.

Friends and fam­ily mem­bers made do­na­tions, in­clud­ing some of Fin­ley’s older sib­lings, but more sur­pris­ing was the num­ber of strangers who helped to spread a lit­tle Christ­mas cheer.

In just a fort­night, the im­promptu fes­tive cam­paign has racked up hun­dreds of cal­en­dars to de­liver to chil­dren who will be stuck in hospi­tal over Christ­mas.

Miss White said af­ter de­liv­er­ing the cal­en­dars: “It was quite emo­tional.

“The hos­pi­tals were re­ally grate­ful and are go­ing to send a thank you card.

“This is all new to me. I’ve never done any­thing like this be­fore.

“But I was amazed how many peo­ple ac­tu­ally did do­nate.

“I wasn’t ex­pect­ing the amount I got.”

Af­ter the sur­pris­ing com­mu­nity re­sponse, Miss White is al­ready look­ing to next year.

She says she may be able to dou­ble the amount of cal­en­dars she hands out in 2017.

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