Girl plans to auction off doll and pram for hospice

Estelle Howlett will be selling her pram and doll to raise money for St MIchael's Hospice. 20/8/12 Battle.

Estelle Howlett will be selling her pram and doll to raise money for St MIchael's Hospice. 20/8/12 Battle.

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A 10-YEAR-OLD girl is planning to auction off her doll’s pram and toy doll to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice, in memory of her great-grandmother.

Kathleen Brown, of Park Way, passed away at the hospice on July 20, prompting her great-granddaughter Estelle Howlett to make the touching decision to sell her beloved childhood toys in aid of the St Leonards-based hospice.

Estelle was born in Battle and although she now lives in Lewes, she is still a regular visitor to Battle to see her grandmother Clare.

Estelle said: “My great-nannie died recently at St Michael’s Hospice.

“All the family have given donations, but as I have no money to give I thought if I sold my Silvercross dolls pram and my American doll called Harold I could get a lot of money and give it all to the hospice.

“My nannie bought it (the pram) for me six years ago. I haven’t used it much, as I was too small to reach the handles then and when I did use it, it wasn’t for that long, as it was at my nannie’s house and I would only use it when I went and stayed there.

“It is navy and white and in a good condition.

“Everyone would stop us when I took Harold for a walk, he looks like a real baby.”

Estelle added: “I loved my great-nannie so much and everyone in St Michael’s Hospice were so kind to her. She said herself it was like a top hotel.”

The pram and Harold the doll will be put on sale on internet auction site eBay tonight (Friday) via seller Stmhospicehastings.

Anyone who would like to donate to St Michael’s Hospice, but may not want to give Harold and his pram a home, can donate online via Estelle’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/estelles-fundraising.

St Michael’s Hospice, based in Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards, provides in-patient and out-reach palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses across Hastings and Rother.

its specialist care and clinical teams deliver respite care, symptom control and support to patients and families thorough its 30-bed hospice, day-therapy centre and hospice at home service. It has run for 25 years.