Woolston 2019 Charity
This year we are pleased to be supporting Abby's Heroes as our festival charity.

The charity was started after Sally lost her daughter, Abby, in May 2016, having been diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a type of Bone Cancer. She was a bubbly, happy and most cherished child and the family struggle with the loss of her every day.

As a family that had 3 years of experience of treatment on the Piam Brown Ward at Southampton General Hospital, they were all too aware of the struggle the families face trying to work, care for siblings and to support their poorly child. Most children have long treatment plans that means that parents often have to give up work or take unpaid leave. They offer financial support to families, who are struggling with running a home and working once their child has been diagnosed. They also offer practical help, for instance repairing cars and boilers. Finally, they also offer families the chance to make some beautiful memories by granting them money to go on holidays and to enjoy some family time together.

In 2017 they also began to offer charity to patients on the T.Y.A ward, the Teenage and Young Adult ward, which means the charity now covers patients from newborn to 24 years, diagnosed with cancer and treated at Southampton General Hospital. Patients and families come from across Hampshire, Dorset, West Sussex and Wiltshire.

For more details see the Abby's Heroes website

Page updated: 19th September 2019
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