Donate to the Christmas Appeal

Christmas is a special time of year for Donna and Matthew Anderton and their three children Mitchell, Cooper and Reese, but it’s also a challenging time. Donate now to help our families celebrate Christmas.

Seven-year-old Cooper Anderton has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which is a progressive muscle wasting disease. Over the next few years, Cooper will lose the ability to walk and will eventually be confined to a wheelchair. His life-span is limited to his early twenties.

If that wasn’t difficult enough for the family, eldest son Mitchell is in remission after recently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer.

As a mother, Donna sees Christmas as an opportunity to recognise the joy her children bring into her life.

“We get to see the kids’ imaginations run wild with excitement over the prospect of what Santa is bringing. It’s a wonderful time for our family and I cherish the time we spend together. For one special day, they can enjoy the magic and wonder of Christmas and forget about their daily struggles,” she said.

Everyday, Very Special Kids meets more families who need the same love, care and support from the community.  This is why we need your help this Christmas. You may give many gifts this Christmas, to family and friends. But there will be no gift that will mean as much, or make more of a difference, than the gift of giving to a family today.