Stocking appeal for Charlie

Charlie Taylor
Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor’s family are hoping to make this Christmas extra special for him and the rest of the children on his ward.

They have launched an appeal to provide each of the children, which ranges between 24 and 30, with a stocking to add a little cheer to the festive season.

Four-year-old Charlie has been on ward 84 at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital since he was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in August.

His mum Charlotte Marriott, nan Veronica Marriott and aunt Kirstie Unsworth are asking for people to donate the stockings as well as gifts to go inside them for the children, who currently range in age from 10 months to 16.

Kirstie said: “We just want to put a smile on their faces even though they are stuck in hospital at Christmas.

“Some of the kids are teenagers but really we just want anything that people would normally put in a stocking for children of all ages.”

Kirstie added that games or other things the kids can do would be ideal but any small toys or treats would be welcome.

Charlie is currently undergoing an intensive course of chemotherapy at the hospital to try and shrink the tumours behind his eyebrow, on his spine and in his bones but it has made him very unwell and he is currently suffering from an infection.

Charlie, who lives with his mum and five-year-old sister Grace in Leigh, faces another 10 months of intesive treatments in the hope of riding his small body of the aggressive cancer.

But his family, who transformed the ward for Charlie’s fourth birthday last month, are hoping to make Christmas equally as special, not just for Charlie but for all the other poorly children on the ward.

The Leigh Observer launched an appeal in October to help Charlie’s family and friend raise as much money as possible to ensure Charlie gets the support and treatment he needs.

The family are working with a charity called Solving Kids Cancer and hope to have a Just Giving page set up soon.

In the meantime, they regularly update a Facebook page called Hand in Hand with Charlie and the family can be contacted by emailing handinhandwithcharlie@gmail.com.

Anyone wishing to donate can drop items at Vibe Tanning on Chapel Street in Leigh or the Trust in Leigh office on Market Street.