Poorly teenagers who face a battle with cancer this Christmas are to be given an uplifting surprise.
Eight youngsters in Leeds General Infirmary’s teenage cancer and leukaemia unit, which is funded by the Teenage Cancer Trust, will receive gifts from the YEP-backed Mission Christmas appeal.
The appeal, run by 96.3 Radio Aire and Magic 828’s Cash for Kids charity, aims to deliver gifts to children in need on Christmas Day.
Abbie Richardson, who has spent months at LGI having treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is two years in remission after being diagnosed with the disease in 2010.
The 18-year-old, from Tinshill, who is a sixth form student at Ralph Thoresby High School knows the difference having a gift to wake up to at Christmas makes.
She said: “It’s always nice to have something different and to feel like you’re doing something Christmassy – you get into a routine and it becomes very boring otherwise.
“For both the younger ones and the older teenagers it helps because it’s something to look forward to.”
Residents and businesses across the region are being asked to drop off new and unwrapped gifts to Mission Christmas collection points across Leeds and West Yorkshire until December 19.
Lisa Sullivan, charity manager at Cash for Kids, said: “Anything that we can do to help the children in hospital is a good thing – they are battling enough as it is.
Mission Christmas is supported by Crown Point Shopping Park and Foresters.
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