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Caring Five-Year-Old Spreads Festive Cheer At Children's Hospital

Thursday January 9 2014

Sheffield Children's Hospital Sheffield Children's Hospital

CHILDREN in hospital over the Christmas period had a happier time - all thanks to a generous little girl from Blacker Hill.

Five-year-old Grace Atkinson suggested that her local Rainbows group donate presents to the poorly youngsters at Sheffield Children's Hospital.

She had the idea because her younger sister Lily, three, spent time there in 2011 and 2012 after being diagnosed aged 11 months with neuroblastoma - a form of cancer.

Lily had eight cycles of intensive chemotherapy at the hospital and endured many CT scans, bone marrow tests, and blood and platelet transfusions.

Her treatment finished in February 2012 and in September 2013 she started school at West Meadows Primary School, Hoyland.

Lily still attends the hospital every four months for check-ups and this will continue into adulthood.

Earlier in December, she went on a once in a lifetime trip to Lapland courtesy of the charity When You Wish Upon A Star.

Grace and Lily's mum Angela, 42, of Wentworth Road, Blacker Hill, said Grace remembered when Lily was very ill in hospital.

She said: "Grace came up with the wonderful idea that her Rainbows group, 32nd Barnsley at St Peter's, donate presents to the poorly children from Lily's ward.

"We thought this was a lovely and very thoughtful idea and mentioned it to the Rainbows."

Presents then flooded in from all over the country.

Grace has now presented them to Beryl Welburn from the Parents' Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia (PACT), which works closely with the children's hospital.

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Reply Posted by lauren on Thursday January 9 2014 at 11:32
What a credit to your family you. Well done princess your a very kind hearted little girl.

Reply Posted by sally on Thursday January 9 2014 at 11:58
What a special little girl. Its nice to read something as wonderful as what you have done. You are a credit to yourself and to all around you. Keep up your good deeds am sure you will grow into a wonderful adult. You are an Angelx

Reply Posted by Jumbo on Saturday January 11 2014 at 14:46
This story should be in the national press this little girl should be at Buckingham palace getting an award a credit to her parents and school it gives me hope for the future off our country when a child can think off this!