Leamington Rotary Club’s Trees of Light campaign will help those in need even on Christmas day

Colin Robinson and his grandchildren.
Colin Robinson and his grandchildren.

Donations made to the Leamington Rotary Club’s Trees of Light fundraising campaign could help patients and their families who may be spending Christmas at the Myton Hospices.

On his 70th birthday Colin Robinson, was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Although over the following two and a half years he tried different treatments to control his illness, it gradually spread to his bones.

Colin first came to Myton for two weeks of respite care at Warwick Myton Hospice.

Shortly after returning home, his health declined and he returned to Myton a few days before Christmas.

Colin had six grandchildren and three daughters all of whom wanted to spend Christmas day with him.

To help fulfil their wishes, the Myton nurses told Colin’s family that Santa Claus would have to come to Myton to see the children this year.

The family were encouraged to take the Day Room and transform it into their front room for the children for Christmas Day.

Arriving at 9am t all sporting their matching Christmas jumpers the family opened their presents, including those given to them by Myton.

Colin died at 11.30am that day surrounded by his family.

Because his family felt so comfortable at Myton, they decided to stay and have Christmas dinner there.

Tracey Milner, one of Colin’s daughters, said:”Christmas day was just amazing. It was the hardest day of my life but I love that it was at Myton.”

Donations can be made to the Trees of Light campaign using the brochures available at locations and stores around Leamington and Whitnash, the adjacent form and online. www.justgiving.com/treeoflight2015