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Kindhearted Rednal mum hopes to bring comfort to cancer patients with special care packages

Lorna Morris 25th Nov, 2017

A KINDHEARTED Rednal mum is hoping to bring comfort to people living with cancer by putting together special care packages and donating them to a hospice.

Hayley Stewart, 45, has been filling the ‘comfort packs’ with such items as aloe vera based tooth gel, deodorant and lip balm, as well as fluffy socks and notes of encouragement, and will donate them to St Mary’s Hospice in Birmingham.

The packs are each presented in a handmade cosmetic bag designed by local fashion student Sophie Drinkwater and cost £12 to sponsor.

Hayley, whose father passed away from cancer 11 years ago and her mother from a cancer related illness around the same time, was inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness month in October to start the campaign.

She said: “It is all about providing comfort for people who are living with cancer and who may be going through or have already gone through chemotherapy.

“The products we use are aloe vera based and help with the side effects of chemotherapy, which can include mouth ulcers and cold sores.

“St Mary’s does so much for people with cancer and their families, I want to give something back.”

Already surpassing her target of 50 packs, the mum-of-two is appealing to the community to donate what they can to help her continue her mission.

Helen O’Halloran, nursing director at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said: “Hayley’s care packs are an incredibly thoughtful gift and will be very much welcomed by our individuals at the Hospice.

“Thank you so much to Hayley for her generous gifts and to the kind people who have sponsored so far, the packs really will make a difference and we look forward to handing them out.”

Email hayley.stu@hotmail.co.uk or call 07904193086 for more information and to donate.

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