My son, 10, couldn't get out of bed after painful op – but surprise visitor changed everything

GENEROUS Sun readers have donated to our Joy To The Ward appeal to help poorly kids with vital equipment — and special visits to help raise their spirits.

Conor Campbell, ten, got a boost when therapy dog Lewis and his handler Dave Freer, 43, turned up at Hull Royal Infirmary.

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So if you give £10, the total donation is £20. Match-funding is available for the first £20,000 of donations so please give what you can.

A News UK spokeswoman said: “No parent would choose for their child to be in hospital at Christmas and we’re really happy to support this very worthwhile cause”.

They made it despite Covid putting paid to many of the usual festive events arranged by Hull Hospitals charity, WISHH.

His mum, Ann-Louise, 37, said: “When Lewis came to see him he was so happy. It’s the first time he’d smiled in days.”

Celebrity dog lover Paul O’Grady backs our appeal.

He said: “I know the happiness a four-legged friend can bring.

“Dogs can help you feel less anxious.”


The Sun’s Joy To The Ward appeal is raising money for NHS Charities Together, the national, independent charity supporting more than 230 NHS charities across the UK.

Your donations will help support children and families going through the toughest times imaginable, providing specialist equipment and services along with toys, play- workers, parents’ accommodation and much more.

DONATE ONLINE: Scan the QR code above with your phone camera to go straight through to our donation page or

DONATE BY TEXT: Text JOY to 70607 to donate £10 to NHS Charities Together. You’ll be charged £10, plus one message at your standard network rate. NHS Charities Together will receive 100% of your donation.

DONATE BY POST: Use the coupon on the left.

  • NHS Charities Together is the trading name of the Association of NHS Charities. Registered Charity No 1186569 (England & Wales) and SC050716 (Scotland). Company No 12325259

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