Lottie Boxes: Spreading Christmas Cheer to Children in Hospital.
6:00am 20th November 2014
Charlotte Neve was just seven years old when she suffered a brain haemorrhage and a series of strokes.
In a miraculous recovery - she's just celebrated her 10th birthday, she's learnt everything from scratch - including how to walk and talk - and now her family are hoping to light up other children's lives this Christmas.
'Lottie Boxes' will be delivered to children at Leeds Hospital, where Charlotte was treated three years ago. In them, gifts and chocolates as well as a personal note from Charlotte herself.
People who would like to donate are asked to only give new gifts and wrapped chocolates for hygiene reasons as they will be delivered to a neurological ward. Drop off points have been set up across East Lancashire:
The Green Chimney in Colne
The Neve Clinic in Burnley
Nationwide in Burnley town centre
The Cotton Tree Inn in Trawden
Donations need to be made by 15th December so that the Lottie Boxes can be delivered on 22nd December.
Charlotte's mum Leila said, "In the boxes, we'd like as much as we possibly can really, to cover everybody from birth up to teenage kids. So, toys for all ages, colouring books, books, pencils, crayons, bath and shower smellies. Just anything that people can think of that will make people smile and fit in a shoe box."
"It's a huge lift for the people that receive the boxes. It's really difficult to describe that feeling that you get when you realise other people are thinking about you. For you then to pass that on to your poorly child, it's great. And obviously at Christmas it's all about thinking about each other and giving."
"I know last year when we took the boxes to Leeds Hospital it was so nice to see how shocked people were and how much it lifted them to see the boxes. All the mums and dads were in tears which was quite nice because then it wasn't just me crying."
Charlotte's Aunty Lyndsay said, "Lottie, whoever she spends time with, gives so much warmth and love to you. So to take something with her name into hospital will hopefully pass some of the magic that she has running through her on to the patients that are so poorly in hospital."
Charlotte herself said, "Please donate to Lottie Boxes, thank you."
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