FOOTIE-mad Archie Freer has already written his checklist for Santa. He would love some Lego and yet one more soccer shirt, fairly commonplace stuf
FOOTIE-mad Archie Freer has already written his checklist for Santa.
He would love some Lego and yet one more soccer shirt, fairly commonplace stuff for a nine-year-old boy.
The one current he hasn’t added, is his want to spend Christmas at house along with his household.
Archie instructed us: “I all the time rise up at 7am to open presents. That’s what time we’re allowed to wake mum and pa up. Then we open presents in the lounge and have turkey dinner and chocolate gateau.”
However this yr, Archie faces being one of many hundreds of girls and boys who will cling their stockings on the finish of hospital beds.
That’s why we’re calling on our beneficiant readers to donate to our Christmas Toy Enchantment to unfold somewhat cheer to those brave kids.
The Solar on Sunday has joined forces with Youngsters With Most cancers UK to purchase presents for kids in six hospitals across the UK, together with Leeds Youngsters’s Hospital, the place Archie is being handled. Previous to being recognized with leukaemia this summer time, Archie spent most of his free time kicking a ball.
Robbed of such pleasure, and with out college to fill the hours, days caught in hospital can stretch out endlessly.
At Leeds there may be loads of leisure for the kids and the nurses are all the time prepared with a palette of facepaints.
However nothing beats the enjoyment of getting a brand new toy.
Archie’s dad, Andy, 42, from Hull, stated: “His face lights up when he will get one thing to play with, he’s bored stiff typically. It doesn’t matter what it’s or what it prices.
“Even a pack of playing cards could make the world of distinction once you’re looking for issues to do to fill the time.
“If he’s not poorly or drained, then we attempt to hold him off the bed and doing issues, however it’s exhausting for all of them. They want new distractions.”
Archie was recognized with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in August.
At first, Andy and his spouse Tina, 39, who works in recruitment, believed he had shingles, a painful viral pores and skin rash.
However when the tiredness and ache in his arms meant he missed soccer they knew it was one thing extra severe.
Archie is at the moment present process his third spherical of chemotherapy.
The remedies have triggered his hair to fall out and he’s had bouts of illness and diarrhoea. However life for the 4,500 youngsters and younger people who find themselves recognized with most cancers yearly within the UK is never straight ahead.
Infections and unintended effects are half and parcel of life, as are the cancelled journeys house and missed celebrations.
Archie spent Halloween, Bonfire Evening and his birthday in hospital, which Andy dubs a “pleasant jail.”
But, wearing his beloved Hull Kingston Rovers rugby high, Archie beams with delight as he reveals off his string of greater than 250 “Leeds Cares Beads of Braveness”, every earned after present process a medical process.
At house, Archie’s four-year-old sister, Alice, and twin, Connie, are lacking him dreadfully.
Tina stated: “If Connie was right here now, she could be caught to his facet. They’re so shut “One of many hardest issues is that she refuses to go to locations the place they used to go collectively as a result of it’s not the identical with out Archie.
“I really feel like our household has been put in a blender. Hopefully, in the future, we’ll be again to regular once more, however in the meanwhile, every part’s up within the air.”
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Andy and Tina cross like ships within the night time, taking it in turns to journey the M62 to be with Archie, whereas the opposite stays with the ladies.
For households like theirs, Christmas buying is an added burden.
Andy, a purchaser for an power firm, stated: “When you have got a baby in hospital, Christmas buying is simply not a precedence.
“You don’t need to go away your baby to go to the outlets, and I don’t understand how I’d get into the spirit of it.
“The Solar on Sunday’s attraction won’t solely imply a lot to youngsters like Archie, however to their dad and mom as nicely.”
Inspirational Harri Tor, 14, gained’t let something get him down.
Not even the opportunity of spending Christmas in Leeds Youngsters’s Hospital.
He stated: “Nobody needs to be right here at Christmas however the nurses do every part they’ll to make issues particular.
“For fireworks night time, we had sparklers within the courtyard, and there are going to reindeer coming for Christmas.”
In January, Harri, suffered a fall whereas enjoying soccer, one thing the household thank their fortunate stars occurred.
He stated: “I’d had ache in my leg for some time however after I slipped, it swelled up and the ache grew to become excruciating.
“I didn’t inform my mum at first as a result of I didn’t need her to fret her.”
The swelling was truly a malignant tumour, attributable to the bone most cancers osteosarcoma, which has additionally unfold to his lungs.
His decrease leg was amputated and it’s testomony to Harri’s braveness within the face of issue that he now revels in having footage painted on his stump.
With a black humour past his years, he has named his Instagram account, One Foot within the Grave and he has a brand new dream – to turn into a Paralympic swimmer.
At one time, throughout chemotherapy, Harri would vomit each 20 minutes.
The worst facet impact are the mouth ulcers, which sting to such an extent he can’t discuss or eat.
And early subsequent yr, he can have an operation to take away the cancerous nodes in his lungs.
For fogeys like Erica, having a baby in hospital removed from their house in Hull may put an additional burden on funds.
Erica, who has stopped working as nursery nurse to look after Harri, is fortunate that she will be able to keep in her son’s room.
Different households in the identical place typically fork out for lodging.
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Plus there’s the price of petrol, in addition to parking, and new garments to put on with a prosthetic leg.
Erica is urging Solar on Sunday readers to help our Christmas Toy Enchantment and produce somewhat festive cheer to kids going through a troublesome Christmas.
She stated: “I’d ask readers to assist as a lot as they’ll and simply assist keep in mind, it’s most cancers and these youngsters want all the assistance they’ll get for what they’re going via.
“Harri may look courageous however beneath, he’s nonetheless only a boy.
Celebs again Solar attraction
Final night time celebrities urged our kindhearted readers to dig deep and again the Solar on Sunday Christmas Toy Enchantment.
Rod Stewart stated: “As a father of eight, The Solar on Sunday’s Christmas attraction is one near my coronary heart.
“Your beneficiant donations will present toys to youngsters in hospital most cancers wards across the UK and make immeasurable variations to the lives of those little fighters battling this terrible illness.
“Please dig deep and make their Christmas desires come true.”
Susanna Reid stated: “An exquisite marketing campaign … Spending Christmas in hospital is especially exhausting for kids – however you may make their Christmas so a lot better with a gift that can put a smile on a teen’s face.”
Vicky Pattison stated: “Each one in every of us has skilled most cancers, whether or not that’s themselves or via a liked one, which is why it’s so essential that we work collectively and assist The Solar on Sunday to boost cash for such a worthwhile trigger.”
Strictly’s Katie Piper stated: “Most cancers is one thing my household has sadly needed to expertise, so I understand how very important it’s to assist charities like Youngsters With Most cancers UK. Thanks to The Solar on Sunday to your nice work in elevating consciousness.”
Choose Rinder stated: “It’s one other instance of The Solar on Sunday exhibiting the great work it does.
“It’s actually essential at Christmas to spend time with household – however it’s additionally essential to recollect these which can be much less lucky than ourselves and to do what we will to do our bit to assist.”
Lorraine Kelly stated: “It’s heartbreaking to consider youngsters in hospital right now of yr.
“So all of us want to assist Santa and donate what we will to The Solar on Sunday’s terrific marketing campaign.
“You can also make somewhat one battling sickness know that they’re liked and that’s what Christmas is all about.”
Love Islander Eyal Booker stated: “I’m proud to help The Solar on Sunday’s Christmas attraction to boost cash for presents for kids with most cancers which can be in hospital this Christmas. Life isn’t all the time honest however we can assist these youngsters.”
Sian Lloyd stated: I’m thrilled to again the Solar on Sunday Christmas Toy Enchantment and produce some sunny smiles to the faces of these youngsters in hospital over Christmas.”
Free Ladies’s Kaye Adams: “Each baby needs to be house for Christmas but when they’ll’t be, a present to allow them to know they’re in our ideas could make all of the distinction.
“Please give what you’ll be able to.”
Free Ladies’s Linda Robson stated: “Please discover it in your coronary heart to dig deep to assist youngsters with most cancers who’re in want of cheering up this Christmas.
“You already know when us dad and mom and households say, ‘You don’t understand how fortunate we’re’. However we’re. We now have wholesome youngsters. Please donate. Let’s put a smile again on the face of those youngsters.”
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