Charity fund’s Christmas wish for respite caravan

KEITH and Roslyn Mundell have sent their Christmas list off to Santa as they hope to bring relief to families dealing with cancer.

The Anthony Mundell Memorial Fund has revealed plans to purchase a caravan on the coast, which would provide a place of respite for those whose children are receiving treatment for the disease.

It would also act as a place of solace for people, like Keith and Roslyn, who have to cope with the bereavement of their child.

Roslyn told the Hawick News: “Our hope is to buy a caravan where families can go and get a bit of respite or a break away from the hospital. Or sadly if they lose their child and they need to get away.”

The fund was set up in memory of 13-year-old Anthony, who passed away in February 2009 after bravely battling renal cell carcinoma for three years.

As a family they were able to have the opportunity to go on holiday, taking all of Anthony’s medication with them.

“We felt this was valuable time to spend together as a family, away from hospital routines, clinic visits, blood tests, MRI scans and daily home life,” said Roslyn.

“It gave us lots of good times and plenty of memories.”

Since its inception, the fund has attracted a whole host of fund-raising and this year was the chosen charity of both the Border Club and high school.

And it is hoped, through the continued kindness and generosity of Teries, their dream of helping others will become a reality.

Roslyn added: “Keith and I know first hand how important it is to have quality time together as a family. It doesn’t have to be hundreds of miles away, just somewhere peaceful and quiet, where you can have day trips away or just spend time by yourself.

“Unfortunately there are so many families we’ve got in mind, but it would be great to offer them that chance.”

To donate to the Anthony Mundell Memorial Fund, log on to www.onlineborders.org/community/ammf