Guests at Clayton Hotel Düsseldorf have helped to make Christmas wishes come true for young people being cared for in the Parents’ Initiative Children’s Cancer Clinic in the city.
The team at the Clayton Hotel put a Christmas tree in the hotel foyer decorated with 65 wish cards which guests selected at random and then paid for the child’s special request.
The simple requests range from a Barbie doll, a remote-controlled car, a night light to even children's balm, a warming blanket and aroma lamp.
It is an initiative which is incredibly close to the heart of the hotel’s Sales Manager, Kathrin Planstedt who lost her brother to cancer.
She said: “The wishing tree was decorated primarily with red balls as red was my brother’s favourite colour. He died much too early of cancer.”
At that time, Kathrin’s brother, and her family were lovingly cared for by the Parents' Initiative, and to this day she is actively involved in supporting affected children and their relatives.
Hotel Director, Benjamin Tenius, himself a father of two, said when the children were making their wishes it struck him just how important it is to ensure children are well and that they feel cared for.
He said: “Some of the requests included things such as 'protect me room spray', a cherry stone pillow or a strengthening oil.”
The Parent’s Initiative Children’s Cancer Centre was founded 44 years ago and the association not only collects money for educational resources but also invests in basic research and in special equipment.
Managing Director André Zappey said: “It is important to maintain contact with families of sick children and young people. We notice that it is also a matter close to their hearts to see each other again and to continue to get involved.”
Shortly before Christmas, the gifts collected at the Clayton Hotel Düsseldorf were handed over the Parents’ Initiative Children’s Cancer Clinic, which took them to the outpatient palliative care team “Star Boat”. There, members of the teamgave each child their personal present.