Coleen Nolan joined Lorraine Kelly and Aled Jones on ITV’s Daybreak this morning to share her experience of using a hospice.

The Breakfast show recently launched its Toy Box Charity Appeal which asks people to donate new toys for distribution to hospices this Christmas.

Coleen is supporting the appeal which aims to put a smile on the face of children who are battling life limiting conditions.

Coleen’s older sister Bernie stayed at Blackpool’s Trinity hospice for a while prior to her death from cancer earlier this year. Reflecting on her sister’s stay at the hospice, Coleen said:

It was a bit scary when they said Bernie was going to go into a hospice… she went into Trinity Hospice in Blackpool and it was just the most amazing place. They really do make it as much a home from home as you want it to be… they even let Bernie bring her little dog in every day who stayed with her every day and you know us, massive family we took over… there were about 40 of us!

Coleen went on to explain that staff at the hospice support the whole family and not just the patient and described the experience of using an hospice as an “uplifting” one.

The amazing thing for me was obviously you know they [the hospice nurses] are there for the patient but at one point I ran out – it just got a bit too much for me – and I didn’t want to cry in front of Bernie so I went out to cry and straight away the two ladies came up and said ‘we’re not just here for Bernie, we’re here for all of you’… it’s a whole family thing.

Very uplifting… it really was. If you can say it, [it’s] so much better than I thought and the people working there are so upbeat and couldn’t do enough for you.

To make a donation to Daybreak‘s Toy Box Appeal toys can be left in specially marked collection trollies at Toys R Us stores. These toys will go to the Help the Hospices charity, which looks after more 200 hospices nationwide.

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