My lovely daughter spent Christmas in hospital after a long battle with leukemia, but the staff's kindness left us speechless.

Adriana Ceple, a high school student, spent last Christmas in the hospital recovering from chemotherapy.

After beating leukemia, the 11-year-old is now spending the holidays with his father Edgars, mother Raimonda, sister Kristiana, 18, and one-year-old brother Elias at home.

And she will be eternally grateful to the staff at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), who brought festive cheer and gifts paid for by the GOSH Children's Charity to her bedside last year.

She is now supporting NHS Charities Together's Joy To The Ward Christmas appeal, which supports nearly 240 NHS charities across the UK, including GOSH's Children's Charity.

The funds raised will benefit young hospital patients and their families in a variety of ways, including Christmas gifts, specialized equipment, and ward play-workers, as well as providing a home away from home for sick children's parents.

"I got lots of presents and everyone really looked after us," Adriana said of her hospital stay. "The staff did everything they could," Raimonda added.

There were decorations, and Adriana received numerous gifts.

"I'd spent the day with Adriana in the hospital, so I went home to be with my other kids while Edgars spent the day with her."

Adriana needed three months of chemotherapy after being diagnosed in August of last year.

She also had a bone marrow transplant due to a high risk of the cancer returning, and she spent Christmas in the hospital recovering.

Raimonda and building firm owner Edgars, both 37, were given the devastating news of Adriana's diagnosis at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.

"We went into a room and were told," Raimonda said.

After that, I don't recall much.

"One of my concerns was how to inform Adriana."

The doctors gave me a book to read to explain what was going on, and she cried when we told her.

We were all crying at the same time.

"I couldn't eat or sleep for three days, and it was extremely stressful."

Adriana was then transferred to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for treatment.

"From the moment we arrived, everyone made us feel welcome, and there was always someone to answer our questions," Raimonda said.

Adriana's parents planned an early family celebration at home in November because they knew she would be in hospital for Christmas.

"We got the Christmas tree out, decorated the house, and had a Christmas dinner," Raimonda of High Wycombe, Bucks, said. "Adriana loved it, because she knew she'd get more presents in December."

Her transplant went well, and she was released in January.

She will be on medication for the rest of her life and will return to the hospital for check-ups, but she has recently returned to school part-time.

"My baby brother is only one," she said of this Christmas, "and I am excited to help him open presents." Raimonda added of our appeal, "If anyone can donate to help children like Adriana, we would be happy."

Will Bayley, a paralympic table tennis champion and former GOSH patient, is another advocate for the cause.

"GOSH saved my life when I was a child," he said.

There is something special about Christmas.

The hospital is decked out for Christmas, music fills the corridors, and every child wakes up to presents on Christmas morning.

"It's critical to support the GOSH charity at this time of year."

I'm hoping Sun readers will support the petition."

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