A Hillingdon mum-of-five and her youngest son have collected a staggering 473 advent calenders for children in hospital with the help of friends, family and complete strangers.
Hayley White posted on Facebook to say she would be collecting the Christmas calenders for children two weeks ago, but was completely overwhelmed by the response.
She came up with the idea after spending the last year and a half in and out of hospital for tests because of three-year-old Finley's undiagnosed health problems.
Little Finley suffers from around 80 seizures a day, has problems with his movement and visits a speech therapist.
But Miss White said the youngster takes it all in his stride.
'It's very upsetting'
The 32-year-old said: “I did it for my son who's had a rough year with ongoing health problems.
“We've spent a bit of time in hospital and we've got to go back in every few months.
“It's very upsetting.
“But he's the happiest little boy ever. He just takes it in his stride.”
Friends and family donated calendars, including some of Finley's four older siblings, but more surprising were the total strangers who helped spread a little Christmas cheer.
And in just two weeks the impromptu festive campaign had racked up a phenomenal 400 calendars to deliver to children stuck in hospital during Christmas.
'It was quite emotional'
Miss White added: “It was quite emotional yesterday (Wednesday).
“The hospitals were really grateful and are going to send a thank you card.
“This is all new to me. I've never done anything like this before.
“But I was amazed about how many people actually did donate.”
“I wasn't expecting the amount that I got.”
After the surprising response from the community, Miss White is already looking to next year and says she could double the amount of calendars she hands out.
She thanked all of the friends, family and unknown donors who helped spread so much Christmas cheer.
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