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The gift that keeps on giving

11-year-old Scarlett gives up her birthday presents to raise money for the hospice

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13 June 2018

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Scarlett recently celebrated her 11th birthdayScarlett recently celebrated her 11th birthday, but instead of asking for presents like most children her age, Scarlett asked her friends and family to donate to St Christopher’s in memory of her grandfather, PopPops.

To Scarlett and all his other grandchildren, Peter was known as PopPops. He was cared for at home in Bickley by his wife Valerie along with our St Christopher’s community nurses until he passed away in February at the age of 72. Here is what Scarlett and her mum Rachel had to say:

Scarlett: “I used to go around a lot to see PopPops. When I went there, nurses were there and they did a really good job with him and made him comfortable and happy. They were really nice to us as well.”

Rachel: “The St Christopher’s nurses came around three or four times a day so Scarlett saw the work that they did and how they made it possible for him to be at home with my mother and to be comfortable. That’s what he wanted and that’s where he wanted to be.”

Scarlett's Godfather

“She decided soon after PopPops died that she was going to give up her presents. It’s certainly helped Scarlett with the grieving process to focus on something really positive. She was very proud of how much money she raised and it was exciting for her because every day when I picked her up from school there were always new donations. She’d get straight on JustGiving and see what had been donated, she was really amazed that the total just kept going up and up. She was really happy to do it and we are very proud of her.”

Scarlett: “I had a really good birthday and I didn’t mind not getting presents!

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