In an ideal world, there would be no need for Hannah’s Holiday Home.
Children wouldn’t get seriously ill and they and their families wouldn’t require somewhere where they could get away from it all and spend precious time together.
But of course we don’t live in an ideal world.
So the charity set up in memory of Hannah Westbrook, who died at the age of 10 after a two-year battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, is vital to give families a break where they can forget about illness and treatment for a few days and just relax and have fun.
Hannah’s legacy has already ensured that hundreds of families have benefited from two holiday homes, one in Hayling Island and one in the New Forest.
Now Hannah’s mum, Pam Marshall, wants to open a third home in Milford-on-Sea.
The date she has chosen next March to get the home bought, kitted out and available for guests is deeply significant – it would have been Hannah’s 21st birthday.
Pam, from Horndean, has devoted herself to the charity in her beloved daughter’s name and has already achieved some great things.
But now she has the enormous challenge of raising £160,000 to fund her dream of offering a trio of holiday homes to meet demand.
She says: ‘We’re inundated with requests because there are so many families that need this service. It’s really sad but it’s wonderful to be there for them.’
We totally agree and urge all of our kind-hearted readers to consider making a donation or organising a fundraising event for Hannah’s Holiday Home. Whatever you can afford or manage to make will help families who badly need a break at what can be a very difficult time in their lives.
Or you could buy something off a shopping list of items for the holiday home that Pam has lodged with store chain John Lewis. It could be anything from an egg cup to a television.
To buy a gift for the new home, simply go to johnlewis.com and quote gift list number 580761. Or to donate to the charity, go to hannahsappeal.org – and help Pam’s dream become reality.