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South Yorkshire girl’s generous gift to Sheffield Children’s Hopsital

Young sisters Lily & Grace Atkinson and friends at St Peters Church in Hoyland who have donated Christmas presents to Sheffield Childrens Hospital

Young sisters Lily & Grace Atkinson and friends at St Peters Church in Hoyland who have donated Christmas presents to Sheffield Childrens Hospital

A little girl has gathered enough presents to rival Santa’s sack, for sick children who will be spending Christmas in hospital.

Grace Atkinson, aged five, wanted to make sure the children in Sheffield Children’s Hospital had plenty of gifts to unwrap on Christmas morning after her younger sister, Lily, ended up in hospital over the festive season.

Lily, three, had been diagnosed with cancer when she was 11 months old and had to have chemotherapy.

The girls’ dad, Jonathan, 43, a retail manager, said: “Lily got to come home at 5pm on Christmas Eve.

“Even though that was a couple of years ago now, Grace brought it up the other day and asked if all the children in there would be home for Christmas.

“We assured her that their mums and dads would be there with them, but she was concerned and came up with an idea to put a smile on their faces.”

After telling her local Rainbows group about her mission, presents began flooding in for the cause. Mum Angela, 42, also told her colleagues about it and the pile grew and grew.

Grace, of Wentworth Road, Blacker Hill, Barnsley, donated the presents to the Parents’ Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia, which works closely with the children’s hospital.

 

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