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Ashford mum spreads Christmas cheer by donating decorations

A woman suffering from bone cancer is hoping to give back to the community by donating Christmas decorations.

Sarah Valentine, from Kennington in Ashford, found out last year that she had the incurable condition and feared she wouldn't make it through that festive period.

Sarah's Christmas tree, while crammed, only holds a portion of her decoration collection (23436990)
Sarah's Christmas tree, while crammed, only holds a portion of her decoration collection (23436990)

Two years on, she's celebrating her second Christmas since the diagnosis by offering to donate and put up decorations for those who need them.

On Facebook, the mother-of-four wrote: "I have just finished putting up our Christmas decorations and have a lot left over.

"Last year, I found out I had bone cancer and wasn't sure if make another Christmas, making it that extra bit special now I've made two.

"My decorations almost never came out of the box last year as we also faced eviction from our home, but when we got a stay till January they came out and made it a home.

"That said, I wondered if anybody out there who was struggling at this time of year - maybe a young family (we have received a huge amount of help this year due to my health and being moved twice) or somebody elderly who may not be able - would like my extra decorations, and I would even come and bring the tree and lights and do it all for you if you'd like.

Sarah Valentine with her youngest son Billy
Sarah Valentine with her youngest son Billy

"It's just an idea I had when putting up mine to pay forward some of the help we received and possibly make someone's Christmas that little bit more special."

The 39-year-old's offer has been met with widespread praise and support, and has already given out her entire surplus supply.

Ms Valentine is now asking people for the donation of more decorations, so that she can spread festive cheer to even more families and individuals.

She told KentOnline: "I'm hoping that maybe I'd get some more donations and be able to help more people.

"I've already found my first family who are coming to collect some decorations, and any more requests I get will be helping others so please do get in touch."

If you would like decorations, or want to donate some, Sarah has asked that you contact her through her Facebook account.

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