Local girl Calli to officially open Skegness’s St Andrew’s Hospice store

Calli Cheetham.
Calli Cheetham.

St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice shop will be officially opened tomorrow (Wednesday, April, 9), at 10am, by local child Calli Cheetham, who uses the Hospice.

The Hospice invite the public to join them and Calli for the opening.

A spokesperson for the Hospice, said: “Call is really looking forward to seeing you all on this exciting day for us all”.

Linda Jordan, who has many years’ experience in charity retailing will be managing the shop and the shop is now looking to recruit a team of around 20 people to support Linda, by doing at least a half day’s shift, each week.

The shop will open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 10-2pm on Sunday’s, during the Summer.

A St Andrew’s Hospice spokersperson said: “We hope the local community will support St Andrew’s, which is the only children’s Hospice in the whole of Lincolnshire.”

Emily Appleton, the hospice retail operations manager, said: “Good stock is the life blood of any charity shop so we need donations and if people can sign a Gift Aid form when they donate, that gives us 25 percent more value from their gift.”

The Hospice relies almost entirely on donations to fund the care of Lincolnshire children of all ages who have any type of life limiting illness and also supports their siblings and families.

“We need the support of local Skegness people to help us raise the funds we need to care for local children like Calli,” said Emily.

Calli lives in Skegness with her family and father Mick said: “In May 2011 Calli was diagnosed with a brain tumour, whilst at Queens Medical at Nottingham. She was in hospital for seven months and Karen (her mum) stayed with her.

This had a massive effect on the whole family, while Karen stayed with Calli at Queens, me and her three sisters were at home in Skegness. Although I travelled backwards and forwards as much as possible and on some occasions her sisters came with me it was a very difficult and distressing time for us all.”

During her time in Queen’s Medical, Calli had Chemotherapy, then, eventually when she was strong enough she had surgery in an attempt to remove the tumour, which around 80 percent was removed.

Due to complications after surgery, Calli had to have a tracheotomy, as she couldn’t breathe on her own.

“She also got Posterior Fosse Syndrome, which meant she was paralysed,” said father Mick.

Calli, a pupil at Skegness Infant Academy, still has a tracheotomy and is also in a wheelchair, though her movement is improving.

“After everything she has been through, she is a very friendly happy little girl, who is always smiling”, said father Mick.

“When we first started going to St Andrews, we always went as a family and We have always been made to feel very welcome.”

Visit www.standrewshospice.com to find out more about the hospice.