There was the usual scenes of kids running around, playing, laughing, crying, eating and generally having loads of fun. Sounds like a scene repeated up and down the country, so what's so special about it you ask?
Well, the room was full of children who have either had, or will be having heart surgery at the Leeds General Infirmary Childrens cardiac unit. It;s a rare chance where parents and children alike get to leave behind the everyday worries that they go through, knowing that the room is full of people who understand what you are going through or are about to go through. Doesn't sound like a big deal from the outside, but to us it is. We all get great support from friends and family, but, as they saying goes, you will never really understand how it feels until you go through it. I hope that no-one reading this ever has to go through it, sadly I know many have already, but one day, maybe, just maybe......
The CHSF relies purely on donations, the support it gives to families and the unit is immeasurable, so, should you have a spare few bob lying around chuck it either their way or to us and we will pass it on.
To be in a room full of amazing people with amazing stories makes you realise even more how precious the gift of life is and how fragile our grip on it is. Sadly, some little ones could not be there, some to ill to make it, even more sadly, some were looking down from above, but they're never far from our thoughts, especially at Christmas. Leon made the most of the chance to run round hugging all the ladies, saving some extra special ones for the lovely Ebony and Kim. He was a very good boy when seeing Santa, although he's not sure about this being good ALL the time is about!
So, Leon has worn himself out hugging all the laaaydeeees and has retired to his bed to recharge the batteries ready for next week. He says, Hug your loved ones extra tight tonight, and sends big love to all.
and remember the words of Alfred D Souza
“Dance as though no one is watching you,
Love as though you have never been hurt before,
Sing as though no one can hear you,
Live as though heaven is on earth.”
Night Night everybody