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Byline: By Mark Stead South Wales Echo

A father dying of cancer will have a last holiday with his family - thanks to Echo readers.

Your incredible generosity has ensured Leslie Hill, his wife and their five sons can enjoy a final break before he dies.

Former builder Leslie, 49, of Heath, Cardiff, was diagnosed with cancer of the kidney, liver and lungs at Christmas 2004.

And ever since, his oldest son, 14-year-old Aaron, has taken on the role of being the man of the house, as reported in the Echo last Saturday in a story that really touched our readers.

The Hills - Leslie, wife Tracy, Aaron, Marcus, 12, Kaylum, nine, Joshua, seven, and 15-month-old Louis - are now heading for a break in Tenby after we put them in touch with Chris and Debbie Mackay.

The couple from Cardiff offered them their large caravan at the Welsh resort after we told the Hills' tragic story, and revealed the bravery Aaron has shown.

But that's not all - other kind-hearted readers and several charities have offered the family almost pounds 2,000 on top of their holiday, which, because of Leslie's tragic condition, must be taken in the UK.

'Chris and Debbie's offer is a marvellous gesture,' said Leslie, who is not expected to live beyond Easter.

'But I'd just like to say thank you so much to everybody who has offered to help - I can't believe how kind people have been.

'This holiday will mean everything to our family and will mean our children have some great memories.'

Tracy said: 'I never expected this response - it will be the whole family's first and last holiday and is a real comfort to us. To simply thank everybody who has offered to help is inadequate.'

Among those who have rallied round the Hills are regulars at the New Inn pub in Birchgrove, Cardiff, where more than pounds 300 was collected through a raffle and collections supported by local businesses on Thursday night. A similar event is planned for tonight.

The For Norma Appeal Fund - set up in memory of Cardiff cancer victim Norma Chamberlain, the 42-year-old mother of twin boys, who died in 1998 - has also pledged pounds 500, while Cardiff Round Table has promised pounds 750.

And donations are continuing to flood in from readers touched by Leslie's story. Among those who have donated are: Gwyneth Williams, Cardiff: pounds 10. Mary Lewis, Heath, Cardiff: pounds 20. Jill Neathey, Pontprennau, Cardiff: pounds 10. Joyce Blake, Barry: pounds 10. Lynda Denner, Castleton, Newport: pounds 100. David Jones, Penarth: pounds 20. May Parsons and Grace Murray, Llanrumney: pounds 50. Meryl Davies, Pontypridd: pounds 60. Ann Mallan, Barry: pounds 5. Joyce Gardner, Tremorfa, Cardiff: pounds 20. Doris Newberry, Victoria Park, Cardiff: pounds 10. The For Norma Fund: pounds 500. The New Inn, Birchgrove, and local businesses: pounds 302. Anonymous donation, Fairwater, Cardiff: pounds 25. Cardiff Round Table: pounds 750.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 25, 2006
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