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‘It’s hard to be jolly at Christmas when your son is very ill.'

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Angus and Corisande’s son, Tom, was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma brain tumour in the summer of 2009, aged five. By Christmas he was in a radiotherapy routine.

its hard to be jolly at christmas when your son is very ill

The treatment took its toll and Tom lost his hair, his appetite, and his energy – watching him become so poorly was heart breaking for his parents.

But as Christmas approached Tom wouldn’t allow treatment to get in the way of his excitement. Tom and his sisters delighted in picking up presents by the tree and imagining what was inside them; and it was Tom’s love of presents that inspired Angus and Corisande to work with Macmillan to set up Tom’s Gift in his memory.

Tom’s Gift is a free, mystery present and a £30 Debenhams gift voucher for children aged 0–16 living with cancer to spend in-store or online, on anything they would like.

To apply on behalf of a child you support, or to find out more information please visit the website and apply for Tom’s Gift


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