Leeds girl thanks Martin House Children’s Hospice staff for care shown when her brother died

A girl from Roundhay who lost her brother in May 2021 has decided to throw her support behind the charity that has helped her family cope with the tragedy.

Mohammad Hayyan, 13, died of a rare condition at Leeds Children’s Hospital and his family have been helped with their grief by Martin House Children’s Hospice, who have a base in Boston Spa. Inspired by the care her family were given and Hayyan’s love of Christmas, his sister Umayyah Haqnawaz has embarked on a fundraising mission for children who are ill during the festive season. 

Her work has also been inspired by the loss of her cousin Yahya, who died at just three weeks old earlier this year in March. Martin House Hospice provided a CuddleCot so Yahya was able to spend precious time at home with his parents and sister.

Umayyah’s mum Farah said: “It’s been really beneficial for the children, especially because they’ve never known anyone who has lost a sibling. We’d never had a death in the family so close. When they lost their brother, it was just really traumatic for them.”

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