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Our beautiful, gorgeous little girl, Anna, has leukaemia. She was diagnosed on Monday 5 December 2011.

Christmas 2011

on December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011 is definitely one which we will remember for a very, very long time. It was not as planned and a planned trip early in 2012 will now not happen also. However, this year we made the best of it in order to give Anna and Nathan as “normal” a time as possible.

Ann Marie and Nathan stayed in the Clic Sargent house across from Edinburgh RHSC on Christmas Eve and came across to Ward 2 to open presents on Christmas morning, etc.

Nathan and I then went to my sisters home for Christmas “lunch” at 4pm and stayed over at my mothers’ house, whilst Ann Marie had the pleasure of Christmas Day afternoon and evening in hospital with Anna.

I then returned to RHSC on Boxing Day whilst Ann Marie and Nathan travelled to Dundee to stay over at Ann Marie’s parents.

I have to say that RHSC pull out all the stops to make Christmas as special as possible for the children who have to remain in hospital over the Christmas period.

There was a Christmas party on 21 December with a face painter, magician and a special appearance by Santa Claus (see above), and on Christmas Eve Santa and his helpers went round the wards visiting each child and leaving gifts (including a few for Nathan) which was very nice!

Anna woke up just after Santa had visited her (see above) but although he was still on the Ward she did not want a photograph taken with him but did see him and give him a little wave bye-bye!!

4 responses to “Christmas 2011

  1. Yvonne McNeill says:

    So pleased to hear that you all had a nice time over christmas and made the most of it, Anna was so lucky to have seen Santa even though she was in hospital ! Hugs to you all, and the very best of wishes for you for 2012, take care.

  2. Joan Blue (friend of Veronica). says:

    You have all been in my thoughts throughout Christmas. It was lovely to hear of what the hospital does for Christmas and for the children – and especially nice that Nathan was included.
    And how about Anna seeing Santa Claus visiting the ward!!

  3. Rachael says:

    Peter, thank you sp much for the Santa update and pictures. Wow Anna got to see Santa… Always been a dream of mine .

    Great to see he left some gifts for Nathan too. He us being such a brave little soldier. Can’t be easy for him to understand.

    Take care all, and thank you for keeping us updated. You are all constantly in out thoughts.
    Lots of love the Ridleys xxxx

  4. Lindsay says:

    Hi Anna, I love your charlie and lola pyjamas. I’m pleased that santa could make it to you too.I got a new ben and holly little kingdom jigsaw and i am looking forward to seeing you and being able to do the jigsaw with you.Lots of love, Isla x

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