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Cards For Bravery: Community answers Katie's call to make cards to bring cheer to children in hospital




An excellent turnout for Katie Callaghan's Cards For Bravery event saw 150 messages of cheer made for children in hospital.

The Bishop's Stortford 19-year-old, who has a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, knows what it's like to spend months in hospital and launched a project when she was 13 to send greetings cards to cheer up youngsters.

While on a long stay in hospital Katie was cheered on receiving a card and felt it would be good to set up her scheme.

Parsonage Community Hall, Bishop's Stortford – Katie Callaghan running a Cards for Bravery event for people to come along and make cards. Lucas, 7, stayed for the whole event. Picture: Vikki Lince
Parsonage Community Hall, Bishop's Stortford – Katie Callaghan running a Cards for Bravery event for people to come along and make cards. Lucas, 7, stayed for the whole event. Picture: Vikki Lince

Last Wednesday (August 25) she held a card-making day at Parsonage Community Centre, off Parsonage Lane in Stortford, which will mean more cards sent to youngsters in hospitals all over the country.

"It was really, really good, I was so pleased," said Katie, who was joint winner of the 2019 Indies community awards' Child of Courage title.

"Two children, Rosie and Lucas, turned up and stayed the whole time, making 40 cards between them," added Katie, who is hoping to hold another card-making event later in the year.

Rosie, 5, stayed for the entire card-making event. Picture: Vikki Lince
Rosie, 5, stayed for the entire card-making event. Picture: Vikki Lince
Friends Caroline Haynes and Samantha Riddle enjoying an afternoon of crafts with their families. Picture: Vikki Lince (50595594)
Friends Caroline Haynes and Samantha Riddle enjoying an afternoon of crafts with their families. Picture: Vikki Lince (50595594)
Cards for Bravery founder Katie Callaghan. Picture: Vikki Lince (50595547)
Cards for Bravery founder Katie Callaghan. Picture: Vikki Lince (50595547)
Friends Caroline Haynes and Samantha Riddle enjoying an afternoon of crafts with their families. Picture: Vikki Lince (50595595)
Friends Caroline Haynes and Samantha Riddle enjoying an afternoon of crafts with their families. Picture: Vikki Lince (50595595)
Marion Pink and Barbara Robinson. Picture: Vikki Lince
Marion Pink and Barbara Robinson. Picture: Vikki Lince


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