Boy asks Father Christmas for charity donations for his friend’s cancer-stricken cousin

2017-12-13 15:18
PHOTO: Facebook/Keech Hospice Care

PHOTO: Facebook/Keech Hospice Care

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Instead of wanting loads of presents for Christmas, this young boy has told Santa he wants money to help his new friend who’s fighting cancer.

Luke Bedford (8), from Hertfordshire in England, wrote a heartwarming letter to Father Christmas, asking for money so that he can donate it to his friend, Thomas Forbe’s, cousin.

According to Mirror news, the little boy has vowed to do everything in his power to help little Orla Hermitage, who’s sadly been battling an inoperable tumour since she was 10 months old.

In the tear-jerking letter, Luke told Santa that he needed more than just a gift to help Orla, whose family fears she may be celebrating her last Christmas. “Dear Mr and Mrs Claus, the only thing I want for Christmas is money for charity,” Luke wrote.

“Please, may you give it to Keech Hospice and the Sick Children’s Trust because I have a friend, Thomas, who has a cousin who’s currently suffering from cancer and I want my friend to have a cousin and other people.

“Please, please, please give me no presents for Christmas, love Luke.”

The thoughtful note brought Luke’s mom, Tanya Bedford (41) to tears and motivated her to share it with little Orla’s mom, Susan, who was moved by the letter as well.

Susan told Daily Mail, that little Orla was a “happy, bouncy baby” but when she turned nine months old she started throwing up her milk in the mornings which she dismissed for a tummy bug.

But things took a turn for the worse back in 2012 when Orla suddenly collapsed. The tot was rushed to a local hospital, where she began suffering seizures so severe doctors had to place her in an induced coma. 

Specialists ran an MRI scan and discovered a 7cm tumour in the little girl’s brain.

“It was enormous, so big that it had pushed her brain to the edge of her skull, where it had started to be forced down her spinal column,” says Susan.

“The doctors said it was very touch and go, and she probably wouldn't make the next few hours.”

After being transferred to a hospital that had a neurosurgeon and undergoing an operation to drain the fluids in her brain, Orla remained in intensive care for five weeks.

She then underwent chemotherapy for the following two years which shrunk the tumour and gave her family much-needed relief.

But unfortunately, this year in May, her parents were given the devastating news that her tumour had started growing again, reports Metro News.

“She's started chemotherapy again, which will continue to next year.

“At the moment, things are very up in the air. Her tumour is currently classed as inoperable, which may change if it starts to shrink, but it's a case of waiting to see,” she says.

Little Luke has set up an online page to raise funds for Keech Hospice care, where Orla is being treated, which Susan says has been of huge help to her family. 

“I'd like to say how hugely grateful I am to the charities. I don't know what I'd have done without them,” she says.

“Luke is such an incredibly selfless boy. If he can do this at just eight, what’s he going to be capable of as an adult?

“He shows other children that great things can happen if you’re good.”



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