WHEN Hope Farren saw how many children like her were finding themselves bored in hospital, she decided to do something to cheer them up.
So she has spent time decorating shopping bags and selling them for a profit, which she has spent on a range of toys and games for children, to spread some festive cheer.
The 12-year-old, from Rockrose Way in Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, has a chronic lung condition and is regularly on the Shipwreck children’s ward at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
So she knows how other children are feeling when they are stuck in a hospital bed and want something to do.
Hope has raised more than £180 making 42 bags.
She said: ‘I wanted to help others. There are lots of children getting very bored.
‘I wanted to buy some toys to make them feel happier and make them enjoy it a bit more.’
Hope has posted photographs of the bags on Facebook and got a lot of attention through social media, with many people putting orders in.
Some requested specific pictures or photographs to be used on the bags.
With the money she has bought handheld consoles, board games and crafts.
Hope added: ‘I’m not at school very often because I am always poorly so it gives me something to do.
‘I feel happy because I have helped children feel much better about being poorly.
‘I feel proud. Hopefully they will appreciate it and enjoy them and be excited.’
Mum Sharon-Louise Farren, 38, said: ‘I am extremely proud. With everything that she goes through herself, the fact that she thinks of others is lovely.
‘She finds that sometimes the older children can get lonely and bored.
‘She just wanted to do something that would help everybody as much as herself.
‘It’s amazing that she’s got an awareness of other people like that. I think where she has been in and out of hospital it has given her a sense of maturity.
‘She knows there are people out there who are poorly and worse than her.’
Hope spends a lot of time in hospital and has been admitted 57 times in her life.
Often she is rushed in with difficulty breathing and sometimes she suffers from a condition where her body swells up and she can’t easily move.
Sharon-Louise added: ‘Hope doing this makes me proud. The fact that she does it is lovely.’