Local charity  launches Christmas appeal with mum whose daughter has leukaemia


A mother with a five-year old daughter with leukaemia and Down’s syndrome is raising awareness of her story as part of this year’s Christmas appeal for Haven House Children’s Hospice.

Kelly Sherwood from Waltham Abbey wants the public to dig deep and make donations to Haven House during the festive period so the hospice can support more children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and expand its Hospice at Home project.

Her daughter, Grace, who has a twin brother Maxwell, was diagnosed with leukaemia last November and was referred to Haven House by Whipps Cross hospital.

Kelly said: “The first time I met Nurse Katie Lewis from Haven House I immediately felt relaxed. She talked me through all the ways they could support us, including Hospice at Home, and we decided for the moment it would be good for Grace to get out of the house and regularly go to Haven House.

Kelly continued: “She adores going there because they play with her and keep her occupied the whole time. Most importantly though, they also keep her safe as the slightest infection would make her seriously ill while her immune system is so low. In just a year Haven House, and Katie, have become a vital part of our family.”

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