Leanne’s Wish to treat mothers facing Christmas in hospital

Leanne's Wish organisers Sheila Brown and Gary Russo. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d447161
Leanne's Wish organisers Sheila Brown and Gary Russo. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d447161

MADELEY-based charity group Leanne’s Wish is collecting hampers of goodies to treat mothers facing a Christmas in hospital.

St Luke’s Catholic Primary School mothers set up the group this year to honour a mother who died of cancer in February.

Gary Russo said it was sad his wife had not been able to wake up with her children on Christmas Day last year.

“Last December, Leanne was told by her oncologist she would be spending Christmas in hospital – she was devastated,” he said.

“Leanne really enjoyed the magic of Christmas with our young children Ilana (5) and Jaden (2) and to be denied this was truly heartbreaking for her. Leanne’s Wish would like to acknowledge families that find themselves in the same situation this year.

“We would like to offer hampers to mums in hospital battling breast cancer as a show of support and comfort, to show we care about what they are going through.”

“We are calling for people to put a little extra in their shopping trolley this Christmas and give to the mums and families doing it tough at Christmas.

“Any non-perishable items that you could put on the Christmas table, or personal care items so the mums can be pampered.

“We hope to put a smile on these mums faces, and we pray they have a speedy recovery and so they can join their families at home.

“Having young children and dealing with breast cancer is a lot to manage, not to mention organising Christmas. It is also a huge financial strain of coping with time off work and the cost of medical treatments.”

Mr Russo said money donations would go towards gift vouchers. Email leanneswish52@gmail.com or visit the Leanne’s Wish Facebook page.