Absolutely love loved completing this order! Poppy is such a brave and inspirational young lady who has been receiving treatment for a Brain Tumour since she was 14months old. She has now just completed her GCSE’s and started college and 😊 Next weekend Poppy herself and a team of family and friends will be taking part in Equinox24. They will be running for 24 hours to help raise money for Birmingham’s children’s hospital. Please checkout the link for the teams just giving page, such a great cause ❤️ https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pfe2019?utm_campaign=pfp-share&utm_content=PFE2019&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Facebook&utm_term=Rxn2yP7Ay
Leukemia at 5 years old. Absolutely baloney. If I could take the pain, trade places, give whatever I would. To suffer at his age as so many others sadly do is just inhumane and unjust. Not only the sufferers themselves, but also the parents and families. I can't remember what it was like when I was 5 years old. I hope it will be but a memory for him when he's older too.
I'll be completely honest, I don't really do social media / am totally rubbish at it. As some of you way be aware through whatever avenue my nephew Oscar was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Leukaemia on boxing day earlier in the year. All chemotherapy has been unsuccessful. His bone marrow transplant was unsuccessful. All NHS measures have been exhausted. He's been through the ringer time and time again. He's strong, but the cancer will not release its strangle hold on him. The only option is an experimental procedure in Singapore. It's either that or give up. We refuse too conceed. In order to go ahead we need to raise £500,000 in 2 months if there is to be any chance for him. All money raised will go towards funding the treatment. If for whatever reason the treatment does not go ahead, all the money goes to charity. I've been pretty quiet on the matter socially because to be honest I get up, I go to work and I endure. Apart from help and support my family as and when I can, that's all I can do. Publicising Oscar's situation on social media just makes it all too real at times for me when it's easier to just switch off and pretend like it's not happening mon-fri. However, I can't anymore because the situation is dire and we are desperate.
Please help us to spread the word and help us raise the money needed to potentially save Oscar's life any way you can! A lot off you, especially my old Newent friends have helped massively already, and I'm sorry to ask yet again. We simply have no choice.
Thank you! Peace✌️and love ❤️ to you all.
https://org.usbornebooksathome.co.uk/URL_ELLABELLA/catalogue/catalogue.aspx. Welcome to my virtual party if you place an order through this link I will be able to earn free books for Birmingham children's hospital ❤️ #lovebooks#usbornebooks#birminghamchildrenshospital
@aahevents#sandmantriathlon 2019. 11-weeks ago, these gallant souls decided to do the notorious Sandman Triathlon with zero tri experience and no front-crawl (2 of the 3 didn’t even have a bike!) all in aid of raising money for the #birminghamchildrenshospital Today, after all their training and hard work, they devoured it. What an outstanding performance/achievement. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 If you’re as in-awe as I am, please make a donation using the following link:
Usborne is such an amazing company. When you place an order you earn a percentage of that sale to spend on books so you get them for free
So I would like you all to have a look at my website to start with https://org.usbornebooksathome.co.uk/URL_ELLABELLA/
My plan is to place an order in the next week and the percentage earned for the free books will be spent on books for Birmingham children's hospital ❤️ the bigger the order the more books we get
If you have any questions or have an order please message me on here or mobile
Thanks guys #birminghamchildrenshospital#lovebooks#smallbuisness
We're delighted to reveal that we're working with Felicity Dahl and Sir Quentin Blake to bring the magic of #RoaldDahl to our hospital. Together we're planning to create a series of beautiful stained-glass windows in the entrance to our Waterfall House building. Sir Quentin has generously donated his original illustrations to the hospital and on Thursday night we were joined by the wonderful Felicity Dahl and her good friend, Joanna Lumley who, together with our very own CEO Sarah-Jane Marsh, unveiled the original artwork. Please visit our website to read more about this project or to donate and help make these gorgeous windows a reality. Link in Bio.
Love this sign put up by @thehappynewspaper at #birminghamchildrenshospital. .
For many children and adults cuddles make us feel better in so many ways, feeling loved, grounding, being connected, feeling cared for. So why not find yourself a cuddle with your loved one, pet, or cuddly toy this evening? 🤗
(Sorry if you're squeamish or are offended by this photo!)
Feeling very grateful today! Today is 28 years since I had life saving open heart surgery at Birmingham Children's Hospital when I was 5 months old. This photo was taken of me a few days after my surgery (obvs - cant imagine I was that comfy sitting up after having my ribs and insides all taken apart!). So thankful that the incredible doctors and nurses fixed my poorly little heart and gave me the care I needed. Thankful they looked after my worried family too. Grateful that they have since kept an eye on me and put things into place when needed. Today I was able to ring NHS111 and was given an emergency appointment (un-heart related) and I was able to get the antibiotics I needed within hours. The NHS is absolutely utterly amazing! I have alot to be thankful for. #nhs#thankyou#birminghamchildrenshospital
THREE Redditch friends are #cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End to raise funds for #BirminghamChildrensHospital, writes Abi Cook.
Aaron Atkinson, Jamie Phelan and Mitchell Ferris are doing the 933 mile trip in nine days to help sick children at the Second City centre of excellence.
The journey began on September 2, they’re currently crossing the Pennines, and is set to finish in four days time at Land’s End this Saturday, September 14.
The idea came about 18 months ago when Aaron decided he wanted to challenge himself, managing to persuade his two friends to join him.
All three had seen first hand the care the hospital has provided, so there was no doubt it would be their chosen charity.
This was brought home to them even more when the daughter of one of the trio needed an emergency operation after being rushed to the hospital.
To add to the experience none of the three had any previous long distance cycling experience so the task presented a huge challenge for all involved.
Jamie said: ‘We didn’t think anybody would take it seriously when we told them what we wanted to do so we are so proud to have raised so much money. “When we first started training, two of us didn’t even have a bike!” The lads have raised nearly double their £500 target and money is still being donated via their Just Giving page.
Support driver Billy Ferris said: “Everybody is just so proud of them. “They’re all starting to get tired now but they have worked so hard.” The team are averaging around 100 miles a day which takes them about 12 hours and have their eyes fixed firmly on Land’s End.
So we had a busy weekend... A little cut that James got on his foot on holiday got infected yesterday and turned nasty really quickly. I took him to a&e at 3am this morning. Loooong wait, X-ray and then lanced and drained it and wrapped it up. Left hospital about 9am this morning with strong antibiotics for a week which we are literally having to hold him down to take 😣 They were thinking about admitting him though so really need to get the medicine in his system. Poor thing is ok now but is going to be off school for a few days. Luckily September has turned out to be a slow month for me work wise!
WOW WOW WOW WELL DONE MACEY!!!! 5k in 32 mins. What a time! We’re so proud of you for achieving this and sponsoring Ava's Angels - you’re making such a difference to families who’ve got poorly children in hospital - you’re amazing - thank you. IF YOU’RE INSPIRED by Macey, please like, share and donate:
When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry,
Show life you have a thousand reasons to smile.
It's been a year since 3 month old Riley very suddenly went into heart failure, suffering 3 cardiac arrests and being placed on ECMO. Riley was given just 2% chance of surviving a second emergency open heart surgery.
Riley was suffering from Pulmonary stenosis, which we already knew, however within a week it had gone from MILD to SEVERE. The artery to the lungs was pretty much blocked meaning it was difficult for blood to reach the lungs to pick up oxygen. Without enough oxygen, the heart and body cannot function as they should. On top of this his coronary arteries that deliver the oxygenated blood to the right side of the heart hadn't grown since he was born and no one knew about it! So the left and right side of his heart was failing him no wonder he was in so much pain and had 3 cardiac arrests.
We were given a decision no parent should ever have to make.
Riley was extremely tired. Option 1, take Riley back to ICU and let him die in our arms surrounded by the 2 people that love him the most. Option 2 Professor Jones (he did Riley's first Open Heart Surgery) can make the Pulmonary Artery wider and try and stretch the coronary arteries but there was only a 2% chance Riley would survive meaning he would die on operating table. What decision is that? Who would we be keeping him alive for him or us? What if we put him through unnecessary pain? How on earth do we make the right decision? We needed to decide now, we had no time to think about it.
But it was Jordan that made me realize if we didn't give him a chance we would live life thinking what if. I knew then that our baby boy had fought this much, he deserves to have that chance. After a very long 12 hour surgery, he was out of theatre and back on ICU. After a very long stay in hospital, he was discharged.
This year hasn't been easy and Riley has had plenty of up and downs but just look at his smile, he certainly lights up a room. We are so thankfully for every second of every day with our living, breathing, miracle, who is defying the odds one heart beat at a time.
Our Heart Hero ❤
Not long until 20 of us climb to Britians highest point.
Thank you so much to all those who have donated online and in other ways ! The support to raise so much is incredible! If you haven't already please chuck in a couple of quid if you can do!
We have 2 spaces left for this so if you fancy joining in please drop me a message.
We will be departing Monday 9th sept morning to climb on Tuesday and return Wednesday 11th.
I am appealing to you for something that is very close to my heart and asking if you could help with a rather wonderful project.
Windows in every building, whatever it may be, are just as important as what as what goes on within the building itself. They are a huge focal point and what could possibly be more comforting for a sick child when entering a hospital to see one of their favourite Roald Dahl characters emblazoned on stained glass. Hospitals can be frightening places and the windows will shine colour, joy and light relief into the experience of anyone arriving there.
Together with Birmingham Children’s Hospital my mother and Sir Quentin Blake are planning to create a series of inspirational stained glass windows in the entrance of the hospital’s Children’s Cancer and Rare Diseases Centres.
The windows will celebrate some of Roald Dahl’s most beloved characters and will create a magical impression, reassuring parents and children that they are among friends.
Quentin Blake has designed the windows, samples have been made and the manufacturer in Birmingham has been selected. Most of the funds have been raised, but the project still needs another injection of about £100,000. If you think that you would like to contribute to this magical cause please visit www.bch.org.uk/donate/roald-dahl-window-fund/100/credit-card
Many thank you’s in advance - every penny counts so no donation can be too small and please do pass on to anybody that you think might want to contribute. #birminghamchildrenshospital#birminghamchildrenshospitalwindows#roalddahlwindows#quentinblake#quentinblakewindows#sickchildrenshospital#sickchildren#childrenscancer#rarediseasescentre#seriouslyillchildren#seriouslyillchildrenandtheirfamiles#stainedglasswindows#stainedglass#magicalimpressions#awindowintotheimagination
It’s Neonatal Intensive Care Awareness Month!
Only right to show off my little cub back when she spent the first week of her life in Birmingham’s neonatal unit, hardest week of my life. Emotions already high after going through a traumatic labour and emergency c section and then to be told your baby may need surgery and is being treated for suspected sepsis. All by myself sat at her bedside (like I’d be anywhere else) in a city I’d never been to before, days after surgery with only a few change of clothes and having to wash in a tiny sink, unable to buy food because my baby brain forgot the pin to my bank card 🙈 (thank you to the nurse who noticed I hadn’t eaten and got me vouches for the cafe)
One thing I will never forget “take as many photos as you can just in case”. The most petrified and broken I have ever been. And now she is 2 on the 30th and is absolutely smashing the toddler stage (I have the grey hairs to prove it😂). The staff on that unit were amazing and definitely deserve recognition for their work! Not only did they take such good care of my precious little girl but they also kept checking up on me and giving me emotional support. ❤️
I can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 years, time really does fly by!
Going back to where it all began this weekend! In 2015, Birmingham violin & viola teacher Lucy Akehurst gave me my very first public conducting opportunity with the Bournville String Orchestra - an orchestra made up of students, amateurs, graduates and Birmingham-based or born professionals. This Sunday I’m looking forward to going back to this orchestra of talented young players which gave me that all-important opportunity and performing some great music with them! All proceeds will go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity 🏥
Can’t believe this was a year ago. My baby learning to swallow with a dummy, loving his head being touched and he was still an NSW warrior. This was a very dark time after spending 3 months in hospital but the end was in sight. The 17th September will officially mark a year since discharge, a year of Seb knowing home as Stratford not BCH. He has come so far since then. We will forever be eternally grateful to the nurses, surgeons, doctors, registrars, anaesthetists, cleaners, volunteers and other families who helped us see the light in the dark #tinybaby#birminghamchildrenshospital#nsw#comforter#hospitallife#bornunabletoswallow#tofbaby#chargesyndrome#warrior#myboy
I think my husband is AWESOME!! Here he is having a little 13 mile run from home to the caravan. He is training so hard for the half marathon to raise money for Birmingham Children's Hospital.❤ They are an amazing hospital and saved Jordan's life when he was little. #halfmarathon#birminghamchildrenshospital#myawesomehusband