A woman whose life has been touched twice by childhood cancer has vowed to launch a campaign for a children’s hospice in the town.
Sandra Coleman, who lost her eight-year-old nephew to leukaemia, is now reliving the grief after a four-year-old family friend’s similar recent diagnosis.
Sandra, 56, who runs the Lock Gate Cafe in Whilton with her sister-in-law Annette, wants to raise £10,000 for Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Leicester who have supported her family.
She said: “Several years ago we lost my sister’s son Lee Boulter to Leukaemia. He was diagnosed and suffered for a year and we grieved for him that year because we knew he was going to die.
“He was a little comedian, and always made us laugh and watching the pain and suffering he went through really took its tole on our family.
“We all had young children at the time and the nurses at the hospice explained what was happening to them in a way that we couldn’t.
Leukaemia has hit close to the family again with a four-year-old family friend, who cannot be named, diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.
Mrs Coleman said: “Emotionally it’s hit us all over again, but we have cried our tears and now we want to do something positive because grief can destroy you.
“I launched this campaign two weeks ago and I want it to be a real community effort, a kind of Daventry VS Cancer. I’d like to hear from anyone who could get involved, maybe they could do something sponsored or donate prizes to us?”
Mrs Coleman is looking for local businesses to help her as well as people to join a committee to help fundraise. And to kick it off she has pledged to lose four stone in training for her sponsored Himalayas hike next April.
Mrs Coleman’s sister Susan Tyrell, 60, and mum to the late Lee, said: “I am very proud of my sister for what she is doing.
“When you lose a child you never get over it, you just learn to live with it and my heart goes out to all those parents who’s children suffer.”
l To help Mrs Coleman call 07531 490486 or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/Sandra-Coleman1.