A LEUKAEMIA survivor is spreading love to other cancer sufferers by bringing home comforts to hospital beds.

Natasha Hunt, the founder of Leaf charity (Leukaemia Education and Fundraising), has launched a new project ‘A Little Love from Leaf’ providing bags of goodies to patients admitted to hospital.

The parcels contain items such as lip balm, hand cream, books, socks and literature to help with financial, practical and emotional support.

Natasha knows first-hand the difference home comforts can make at a life changing time. The charity was founded in 2006 from her hospital bed after she was diagnosed with leukaemia just three weeks after giving birth to her second son. After six months of chemotherapy and isolation, she was determined to bring something positive.

The mum-of-three, who was given the all clear six years ago, said: “For many people who are diagnosed there is the added pressure that they are admitted into hospital straight away. They are not able to go home and get the things they need or would like.

“Some people are put into isolation for several weeks due to their condition. Some people have no friends or family nearby to help them and before this time probably know nothing about blood cancers. These people are scared and very poorly.

“I found myself in this very position and that’s why I am so passionate to provide people with the support that’s crucial to lift the burden just a little.”

The project was launched with support from M&S Spark Something Good campaign in a pop up shop in the Dolphin Centre to show the public how the gifts are created.

Paul Turner, charge nurse from the Durlston Ward at Poole Hospital said: “This is a fabulous idea which I’m sure will benefit many of our patients. People are often admitted in emergency situations and bringing in such essentials is often the last thing on their minds. On behalf of our patients and all of our staff, I’d like to say a big thank you to Leaf, M&S in Poole and everyone who has contributed to this project.”

Now Natasha is calling for individuals and companies to help with the project and donate items to include in the packages.

To help, email info@leafcharity.co.uk