Midwife’s Charity, Bethany’s Wish delivers an early Christmas one last time

A Charity set up by a midwife in the memory of her daughter has donated more than £2000 worth of toys and games to the Children’s Unit.

‘Bethany’s Wish’ was set up in the memory of Angela Polanco’s daughter, Bethany who sadly lost her battle to a rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer in 2012. She was just eight years old.

Set up in 2012, the Charity has helped hundreds of families across the country affected by childhood cancer.

This Christmas as Angela’s and the Charity’s Trustee prepare to close the Charity, they have donated 45 large boxes stuffed to the brim of toys and games to the hospital where Bethany spent a lot of time as a patient. It was during this time that her family put together a pack of things that they could bring with them to help make her stay more comfortable. After she died, they wanted to help other families and thought that the things they that put together for Bethany could help other children. Not long after, B’s Bravery Bear Packs’ were born. These brilliant packs contained things like lip balm, toys, games and puzzles and a teddy bear have been sent to families all over the country.

Angela and the Trustees decided to donate the items they had left for the Bravery packs and other toys and games to University Hospital as the Charity closes at the end of the month.

Angela said: ““Bethany’s Wish was formed out of the smile of our beautiful little girl, Bethany. Our aim was to help children affected by Wilms tumour and support families going through the same, offering a glimmer of hope for the journey that is childhood cancer. The Charity has done some amazing things and we cannot thank people enough for their support, particularly my friends and colleagues at University Hospital who have been amazing.”

Bethany’s Wish will continue as a Special Named Fund within the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG), which will fund Wilms tumour research projects and help to support families around the UK.

The donation was received by Play Specialist Jenny who said: “This is an incredible early Christmas present for the Children’s ward; it will make hundreds of local children very happy while they are in our care. We are so grateful”