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Making Christmas special at hospice

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 25, 2013

ALL TOGETHER:  The Willinghams family: Betsy, Jason, Rachel, Lucas and Hope.

ALL TOGETHER: The Willinghams family: Betsy, Jason, Rachel, Lucas and Hope.

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CHILDREN'S Hospice South West's Little Harbour is planning to give some very special guests a Christmas they will never forget.

This week 16 families will be creating precious memories at the house over the festive period, which provides care and support to families with children who have life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.

Six-year-old Lucas Willinghams, his twin sister Hope and little sister Betsy, 3, will be among the dozens of children spending Christmas at the hospice in Porthpean, near St Austell.

"This is the first Christmas that we will spend Christmas away," said their father Jason Willinghams.

"We're not quite sure what to expect but everyone is very excited."

Lucas, who is undiagnosed, is unable to talk and has to be fed food and medicine through a tube.

"He has something centrally wrong with his brain. The way his brain is formed isn't quite right," Mr Willinghams said.

"He can't communicate but he is a very happy boy," he added.

The family have been visiting Little Harbour since it opened two years ago.

"It gives us time we can all be together when we know that the care for Lucas is second to none and we can spend some quality time with the girls without worrying if Lucas is all right," said Mr Willinghams.

"We cannot wait to spend our Christmas there all together."

Emma Lloyd, head of fundraising at the hospice, said support from the local community in the lead-up to the festive season has been overwhelming.

"We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community and local businesses who have donated items to give our families a really special Christmas and new year at Little Harbour," she said.

"Thank you to everyone who continues to support our beautiful hospice by the sea. You really are making a difference and so generously helping us to make the most of short and precious lives."

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