WITH Christmas just around the corner, I’m feeling particularly excited as this will be my first Christmas as a dad. My daughter may still be tiny, but I’m looking forward to starting those festive family traditions that I have such fond memories of growing up with myself.

As a new dad, I’m utterly thankful that my daughter is healthy and happy. It makes me appreciate just how unbearable it must be to see your child become seriously ill – particularly at Christmas.

I support a wonderful charity called Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which provides support to families with a seriously ill child. Rainbow Trust matches these families with a dedicated Family Support Worker who helps them emotionally and practically to make life a little easier and enjoy precious time together as a family.

If you have a moment, please visit rainbowtrust.org.uk/the-greatest-gift to find out how this incredible charity will be supporting more than 2,000 families this Christmas. There is also a wonderful Christmas animation to enjoy and an opportunity to donate, if you are able to spare some change.

Thank you for your support.

Rupert Young