06:00 Saturday 28 December 2013

Liam Fairhurst Foundation and John Lewis Cambridge help spread Christmas cheer at Addenbrooke's

Written byJORDAN DAY

Toby Milligan, Amanda Walsham and Emma Whybrow, all from John Lewis Cambridge, pictured with Callum Fairhurst and some of the children from Ward C2 at Addenbrooke's. Toby Milligan, Amanda Walsham and Emma Whybrow, all from John Lewis Cambridge, pictured with Callum Fairhurst and some of the children from Ward C2 at Addenbrooke's.

Sick children were given a Christmas to remember - despite having to spend it in hospital.

The Liam Fairhurst Foundation and John Lewis Cambridge joined forces to provide festive gifts for the annual Addenbrooke’s Ward C2 Christmas Party.

The foundation, set up in memory of Liam, who died of cancer, usually provides a bumper donation so that each child attending the party can receive a gift.

But this year bosses at John Lewis Cambridge invited a team of play staff from Addenbrooke’s to go on a shopping trip around the store.

The team chose 70 gifts for all the children who attended the party, which was held at the Sorrento Hotel in Cambridge.

The goodies were then gift wrapped and presented to the children, all of whom are battling serious illnesses, by Santa Claus.

Liam’s brother, Callum, who launched the foundation, said: “We were bowled over when John Lewis told us they would be willing to provide all the gifts.

“Ours is a very small charity and usually we pay for the gifts out of our own funds to recognise how supportive staff on Ward C2 were when Liam was there.

“The fact that John Lewis is providing the gifts this year, on our behalf, means that we can use our funds in other ways to help youngsters fighting against cancer.”

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