Rainbows Hospice for children and young people

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A mum from Somercotes has backed an appeal launched by a children’s hospice to commemorate the memory of passed loved ones this festive season.

The Light up a Life campaign organised by the Rainbows Hospice is inviting people to celebrate the memory of a treasured person who has passed away, by dedicating a light on the special Tree of Lights at the hospice.

Sarah Kerr has been involved with the children’s charity for almost two years, as son Ashley suffers from Type Two Spinal Muscular Atrophy – a neuro-muscular condition that affects the nerves in an area of the spinal cord.

The 12-year-old has an 81 degree curve in his spine which has left him unable to walk and confined to a motorised wheelchair.

Sarah said the support Ashley has received from the hospice has been invaluable.

She said: “Ashely needs a break and we need to trust people to take care of him. Rainbows is perfect for that and he loves it there.

“He is always smiling at Rainbows, even when he is ill. He has the freedom to do what he wants, whereas at home, he doesn’t get a lot of special attention as he is one of a big family.

“I urge people in Derbyshire to support this special campaign.

“I will do whatever I can to try and help as a thank you for all the support and help our family has received.”

Each personal dedication will be acknowledged with a commemorative Christmas card and will be noted in Rainbow’s book of remembrance, which is on display during the festive period.