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8Jan

I used to think I was a pretty organised person. As the years have progressed and I now have more responsibilities (and less time) I am slowly coming around to the realisation that how organised I think I am and how organised I actually am are two completely different things… 

And at Christmas I pre-empted my state of disorganisation and decided I didn’t have the time (or the energy) to write and send Christmas cards this year. But I didn’t want to do nothing so I chose to make a small donation to a charity instead.

Knowing that there were lots of families across the country with a child poorly in hospital I chose to donate to Ronald Macdonald House Charities.  Ronald Macdonald House provided us with the facilities to stay close to Ella when she had her heart surgery at Alder Hey and when she was poorly afterwards.  I will never forget that week as long as I live and will always be thankful to the whole team at Alder Hey who looked after us and so many families that we know.  It made such a difference knowing we had a room, space to talk and (for me especially) somewhere to go, as I found being with Ella on ITU particularly hard.

It’s never easy having a poorly child, but it’s somehow even more difficult at Christmas.  We are lucky that we had both our girls healthy and home with us, which was unfortunately not the case for so many families. As Christmas approached, my thoughts were with all the parents and children that RMCH was helping. The charity that enables families to be together whilst continuing their great work providing ‘A Home away from Home’. 

So I gladly donated my £25 and didn’t really think much more of it. Until today when I received a personal and handwritten thank you card from the charity…

 
 

It’s made my day!

 
  

Amy Dunn

Our first baby, Ella Mary, was born at the end of November 2010. We were shocked to find out soon after her birth that she has Down's Syndrome. I was determined from the start that Down's Syndrome will never define Ella or what she is able to do. We will provide for her everything she needs to become the child and the person she deserves to be. There will be hard times ahead.... there are already many hard times behind us. But I already know that the good times will always outweigh the hard times. She has taught me so much in such a short time and seeing life from a new perspective is a privilege that not many of us get the chance to experience.

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