Festive hampers for a special cause

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In memory of their son Aidan, parents Lucy and Simon Pond set up Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project which we are very proud to have supported for a third year.

Through funds raised for the project, special festive hampers are delivered to young patients and their families who spend Christmas Day at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (the Alex) in Brighton. This year we helped deliver 55 hampers to not only the Alex, but also to parents at the neighbouring Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU).

Thanks to the support of Middle Farm in Firle near Lewes and a host of volunteers, the festive dinner kits contain everything needed for the big day, including; meat, vegetables and potatoes (which have already been prepared for cooking), drinks, Christmas crackers and some extra gifts for both parents and patients.

Project founder Lucy (pictured above with YouTube star Niomi Smart who joined us at the Alex on the day), said: “I’m delighted that Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project was such a success again this year. We work hard all year to raise funds, so to hand over a hamper to a family who really need and appreciate it is very rewarding. I’m proud of what we have achieved in memory of Aidan, not only this year but for the last three years.”

Louise Bartha, Trusts & Appeals Fundraiser at Rockinghorse, added: “It’s fantastic to be able to once again work with Lucy and Simon to provide special hampers for patients and their families spending Christmas at the Alex. The nursing team have fed back to use how appreciated they are, and the difference that being able to still have a Christmas dinner can make to those stuck in hospital over the festive period. A huge thank you to the volunteers who helped pack the hampers at Middle Farm, and also to the team of volunteers who gave up their Christmas to take over the kitchens at the Alex and cook the dinners for families who needed their assistance.”

Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project was founded by parents Lucy and Simon Pond, following their own experience of spending Christmas at the Alex. Their little boy Aidan Pond was tragically diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called mitochondrial disease at just one-year-old and sadly passed away in March 2014.

As part of a legacy for Aidan, they set up the project in his memory to support other parents and families who will spend Christmas Day at the Alex just like they did. Thanks to your donations, over £3,000 was raised for the hampers, and we have already started collecting donations for this Christmas. To donate and make a difference, please click here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AidansChristmasDinners2017.

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