Christmas comes early for Gosport boy with brain tumour who faces spending the holidays in hospital

The family with Pip the Elf, Mrs Claus and Father Christmas.
The family with Pip the Elf, Mrs Claus and Father Christmas.
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CHRISTMAS has come early for a four-year-old boy with a brain tumour who faces spending the holidays in hospital.

Tommy Chambers and his two-year-old brother George were treated to the perfect Christmas Day by charity Acts of Kindness and donations from the community before the youngster starts chemotherapy.

Tommy Fitton feeding the reindeer at Garsons.

Tommy Fitton feeding the reindeer at Garsons.

The four-year-old from Gosport has Neurofibromatosis Type 1 and had a tumour removed from his spinal cord in March last year before being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour just months later.

Mum Chelsea Fitton and dad Ant Chambers face having the family split up over the festive period.

Chelsea said: ‘When Tommy was diagnosed it really was heartbreaking – if only I could put into words how we truly felt.

‘He may be poorly on Christmas Day but we really hope he’s not admitted over the Christmas week as we all want to be together and if he’s admitted we may be separated.’

Tommy Fitton with dad Ant Chambers

Tommy Fitton with dad Ant Chambers

The tumours have caused nerve damage and muscle weakness and he also has developmental delay, sleep difficulties and behavioural problems. 

Kerry Snuggs from Acts of Kindness contacted the family after hearing their story and arranged a day of festive activities with help from the community including a fake snow machine.

Chelsea said: ‘They arranged for us to go Garsons for a private meet the reindeer.

‘We then came home to some Christmas presents for the children, then Paw Patrol come to visit us, the boys absolutely loved this.’

The 28-year-old added: ‘ I’ve never seen so many presents in my life,  the community really did spoil my children.

‘We had some cinema tickets, Frankie & Benny’s vouchers, sports massage vouchers and hydro pool vouchers followed by a voucher for me to go to a salon to get my hair done.’

A Paw Patrol cake, Christmas eve gift hampers and personalised pillows were also given to the family as part of the day.

Kerry said: ‘Christmas in particular is always difficult when a child is so poorly so it was an opportunity to really give them a special time and creating memories in the process.

‘The AOK community were really very generous with gifts in abundance and supporters playing Santa, Chase from paw patrol, an elf and Mrs Claus.

‘It was truly a magical day.’

Chelsea added: ‘We will never forget what they have done for us.

‘We’ve had so many appointments over the last two years as a result of this I couldn’t continue to work, our journey is very hard but we are not giving up.

‘The community have been fantastic and they have made our Christmas so special and seeing the smiles on my boys faces have really touched all my family. I want everyone who helped to know how grateful we are.’