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Youngster awaiting transplant is a Mini marvel
3:00pm Sunday 13th January 2013 in News
A LITTLE boy who is waiting for a kidney transplant from his father received a very special Christmas present.
Cameron Holder, who is three-and-a-half years old, was given a child-size Mini Cooper car, thanks to a generous Ferndown woman who won it in a raffle.
The car was donated to the Julia’s House Hospice shop in Ferndown at the beginning of December last year, and staff decided to raffle it to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
Cameron’s grandmother Rosemary Bentley said: “We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of these people.
“One local lady donated the car in the first place, and then another had heard of Cameron and decided to give it to him after winning. It is absolutely wonderful.”
Cameron, who lives with his family in Oakdale, has chronic renal failure, which he has suffered with since he was born.
Rosemary said: “It has got worse and worse, and hopefully in February he is going to have a transplant, as his dad has donated a kidney.
“He often visits Julia’s House, and I don’t know what we would have done without them. You don’t realise how brilliant they are until you need them, but they have been so supportive to us. Cameron really looks forward to visiting them, which says it all. There aren’t the words to say how wonderful Julia’s House is.”
The special present for the toddler couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Cameron absolutely loves cars – every time he sees me, he says, ‘Nanna, can I sit in your car?’,” said Rosemary.
“When he’s had his operation, it will take quite a long time for him to get back to running around again, but he will be able to sit in his car.”
The family don’t know the winner of the raffle, but the assistant manager of the charity shop, Lynn Stott, said the donor’s grandchildren had been too old for the car.
“The lady decided that Cameron would get more use out of it,” she said.
“In total, we raised £1,300 with the raffle thanks to a donation from Barclay’s Bank. It was a real success.”
The car was donated by a local woman who is a long-term supporter of the hospice after she bought one for a grandchild.