Love Homes Supports Sam\u0027s Gift
Love Homes are delighted to be supporting Sam's Gift
Here's a little more about a wonderful charity ...
Being a self confessed Michael Ball wannabe, I love being part of Bury Fire Choir. For my own personal reasons, I find singing release many positive endorphins, and I have met lots of great people along the way.
I recently had the pleasure of singing as part of the choir at a drinks reception for Sam's Gift at the Lowry hotel in Salford.
Sue Nicholls, who is one of our members founded Sam's Gift after sadly losing her son to T-Cell Lymphoma. It was quite a short journey for Sam and his family, however, he fought with determination up until the end. A cruel thing to happen to such a vibrant young man who should have had his whole life ahead of him.
Here is a little of Sam's story as told by Sue;
"Sam was a sensitive but forthright character who cared deeply for his family and friends.
At 21 he gained a degree in Sports Science at Birmingham University. He was fit, healthy and a regular at the gym. Sam loved running and played Football & Hockey competitively from a young age. He had even represented his County and Region. His motto was “Play to Win!”.
After leaving university, Sam started a job. Although it wasn’t his ‘forever career’, it enabled him to buy his beloved first car. We and he believed he had a whole life ahead of him and time to do whatever he wanted.
Unfortunately, Sam started to feel unwell and he began a rollercoaster of events in May 2014.
Amazing Sam remained so positive… That’s not to say he had his down moments, but he would pick himself up and say “I am going to fight this!”. He faced everything head on and didn’t shy away from letting family and friends know about his diagnosis.
Sadly, the T-Cell Lymphoma that he was diagnosed with, was particularly aggressive. We lost Sam in November 2014, but he fought until the very end."
For those of us who have known and lost young people to illness, we know how devastating and confusing it can be. After all, nobody should have to go through such an ordeal so early in life.
Using Sam's determination and spirit, Sue, along with her sons founded Sam's Gift
The positivity that Sam showed throughout treatment is something that we want to encourage in others.
In Sam’s memory, we have created Sam’s Gift – a ‘Journey Box’ where hopes, fears and wishes can be expressed.
We want to help young cancer patients through the difficult times which may lie ahead of them. Sam’s Gift aims to give something positive, at a time when it is most needed.
The Journey Box is given to the young person themselves and contains things that will help them along the way.
Fingerprint jewellery kit
Letter writing set and pen
Handcrafted ‘Love’ Pebble
Pen Drive (with help sites for young people with cancer)
Pillow spray and eye mask
‘What You Need’ tokens
Our Love Homes family know all too well the devastating effects losing a loved one can have. We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Sam's Gift and in the coming months, shall be hosting and sponsoring some fundraising events. The first being a Charity Race Night at our head office in Garstang in February 2022.
If you would like to register your interest in joining us for a fun night, please click HERE.
To see more on how Sam's Gift is making a huge different to young people, watch this short video