William's birthday wish for cancer clinic

William Colebrook-Smith, 6, donates $80 of his birthday money to Holman Clinic and Cancer Ward Auxiliary president Angela Limbrick. Picture: MARK JESSER

William Colebrook-Smith, 6, donates $80 of his birthday money to Holman Clinic and Cancer Ward Auxiliary president Angela Limbrick. Picture: MARK JESSER

SIX-YEAR-OLD William Colebrook-Smith has never forgotten the women of the Launceston General Hospital's Holman Clinic and Cancer Ward Auxiliary.

In the months between his nan's cancer diagnosis and her death, they kept his family stocked up with cake and lollies, and decorated the hospital for Christmas Day.

Yesterday William repaid them by donating the $80 he received for his birthday.

William's mother, Katie Colebrook-Smith, said William's nan died in June 2013, eight months after she was diagnosed with uterine cancer.

"He and his nan were close, she looked after him," Ms Colebrook-Smith said.

"We used to say that he had one home in two locations - my house, and nan's."

Ms Colebrook-Smith said William had asked friends to give money instead of presents for his birthday, so he could donate it to the auxiliary.

"We encouraged it, but we didn't push it," Ms Colebrook- Smith said.

"We're just trying to get him to look more outward."

Ms Colebrook-Smith said William loved the idea and had just one condition: that the auxiliary use the money to buy lollies for other families at Christmas.

"We spent Christmas Day here, and the auxiliary just made it more homely and added some excitement with the tree and the lollies," she said.

Auxiliary president Angela Limbrick said she couldn't recall a donation from someone so young.

"It's a very special thing and he deserves recognition ... because $80 may as well be a million when you're six years old," Mrs Limbrick said.

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