Children living with cancer this Christmas receive gifts thanks to kindhearted Sun on Sunday readers

Children living with cancer this Christmas receive gifts thanks to kindhearted Sun on Sunday readers

December 19, 2021

AFTER a huge response from generous Sun readers buying Christmas cards to help kids with cancer, Santa this week delivered presents bought with YOUR cash to hospitals in London, Bristol and Glasgow.

The Sun on Sunday invited children to draw festive pictures, with three winners’ efforts turned into limited-edition cards.

Sold by our campaign partner Young Lives vs Cancer, every penny went to buy gifts for kids at the charity’s Homes from Home, where young patients and their families can stay during treatment.

And this week, Santa brought smiles to the likes of two-year-old Aurora-Grace Turnbull, who was just two weeks old when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer called neuroblastoma.

Her mum Emily, 31, a charity worker, said: “To have presents given to those children through this amazing campaign is magical.

"As soon as Aurora-Grace was diagnosed we were given a Young Lives vs Cancer social worker called Heather.

“The clinical staff were brilliant and focused on saving Aurora-Grace.

"But Heather was there for us as a family, with support, help, kindness and love. She focused on us while we focused on our daughter.”

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Emily and partner Matt Tildesley, 36, a policeman, learned in March 2019 their new baby was very ill.

Mum also to six-year-old Jacob, Emily says: “Nothing can prepare you for that kind of news.

"She’d just come into the world and seemed so tiny to be fighting such a huge battle.”

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Happily the tot, who adores CBeebies, playing outside and dancing, has been in remission since June 2019.

But she continues to visit Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children for vital scans.

Emily adds: “We’ve kept a diary and taken pictures in treatment to explain what happened to her when she gets older.”

How to buy cards

OUR cracking cards are available at and from any of the charity’s 13 shops.

Each pack, printed courtesy of, contains 12 cards – four of each winning design – and costs £4.

Your cards will arrive within three days, so you still have time to get them to loved ones for Christmas.

Young Lives vs Cancer has shops in Gloucester plus Bridgwater, Wells, Clevedon and Yeovil in Somerset; Downend, Fishponds, Staple Hill and Keynsham near Bristol; Exeter, Newton Abbot and Tiverton in Devon; and Saltash in Cornwall.

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How to donate

TO support the day-to-day running of Young Lives vs Cancer’s Homes From Home, go to

Or text: GIVE 5 to 70025 to give £5; GIVE 10 to 70025 to give £10; GIVE 20 to 70025 to give £20.

Or call 0300 330 0803 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

Or send a cheque payable to “Young Lives vs Cancer” with your name and address to: The Sun on Sunday Christmas Cards For Kids, Young Lives vs Cancer campaign, 126 Fairlie Road, Slough SL1 4PY. Please put a stamp on the envelope.

  • TERMS AND CONDITIONS: As a supporter of Young Lives vs Cancer, you will get updates and news of appeals by phone and post. You can change how you hear from the charity by emailing supporter.s[email protected] or by calling 0300 330 0803. Texts cost a donation amount plus one standard network rate message. Young Lives vs Cancer will receive 100 per cent of your donation. To opt out of calls, text NOCALL CLIC to 78866. To opt out of SMS, text NOSMS CLIC to 78866. Texts will be charged at your network’s standard message charge. If you have any questions, call Young Lives vs Cancer on 0300 330 0803. Registered charity number 1107328 and registered in Scotland SC039857.

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