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Share a Star charity helping to brighten up Christmas for poorly youngsters Cameron Edmunds from Gravesend and Ruby Young from Rainham

By Jade Edwards

For two youngsters Christmas has come early this year thanks to a charity which supports seriously ill children and young people.

Share a Star was set up by Jessica Taylor, from Cliffe Woods, who suffers from severe ME.

The 25-year-old runs the charity, which aims to support youngsters with serious or life threatening conditions, from her bed as she is bed-bound 95% of the time.

Jessica Taylor. Picture Steve Crispe

Jessica Taylor. Picture: Steve Crispe

During the 12 days of Christmas volunteers will visit 12 children from across the country and give them, and their families, a number of gifts and goodies.

Volunteers have visited Ruby Young, from Rainham, and Cameron Edmunds, who lives in Gravesend.

Cameron, 16, has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle loss.

 


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Miss Taylor said: “Cameron doesn’t really get a lot of support from other charities so it was wonderful to give him a Christmas after all he’s been through.”

She added that the support the charity has received had been overwhelming.

Miss Taylor said: “The people that have helped the charity, and helped pack up all the presents have been incredible too."

Cam Edmunds, 16, has a new dinosaur in the garden. Picture Steve Crispe

Cam Edmunds, 16, has a new dinosaur in the garden. Picture: Steve Crispe

Ruby Young. Picture Steve Crispe

Ruby Young. Picture: Steve Crispe

Ruby, four, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer, days after her second birthday. 

Miss Taylor said: “Ruby has been through so much and it’s lovely that we have been able to treat her, and her family, this Christmas.”

Ruby was given a Frozen playhouse, a giant teddy and other goodies. Her parents Vikki and dad Rob received a gift voucher and hamper while older brother Freddy and step-sister Carla also received a present.

From left, Vicki Hughes, Sandi James, Kate Taylor, Samuel Bearman and Colin Taylor, packing presents for the Share a Star Christmas campaign. Picture Gary Browne

From left, Vicki Hughes, Sandi James, Kate Taylor, Samuel Bearman and Colin Taylor, packing presents for the Share a Star Christmas campaign. Picture: Gary Browne

Mrs Young, of Monmouth Close, said: “They made a terrible day turn around and had us smiling, which is a job well done considering how hard it is to watch your child being so poorly.”

For more information visit Share a Star on Facebook. 

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