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Mick Winton Plusnet Yorkshire 10 Mile

Tilly Tally Baby Furnature Design

Leeds Rhinos Christmas Visit 2017

Christmas Toy Donations

Yorkshire Carnegie Christmas Visit

Tilly Tally Baby Design Supporting Neonatal Unit

Festive Fridays!

Emily & Laura's Epic Trek

The Write Stuff!

Christmas With Santa and CBeebies

Ollie Skwarek

Halloween Bake Off Success!

Halloween Bake Off

Matthew & Jack's Walking Success!

100 Miles in 24 Hours!

Pontus Jansson

Garbutt & Elliott Visit

Matthew & Jack's Sponsored Walk

Leeds 10K

Royal Visit

Sainsbury's Lego Donation

Jonathan Pendlebury & Leeds Carnegie

Edward Ziff MBE

M&S Garden Volunteers

Bungee Jump

Yorkshire Water

Mark's London Marathon

Leeds Half Marathon

Garbutt & Elliott Support LCH!

Little George "Alive & Kicking"

Andy Watson's Bristol 10K

Wah Kwong Association

Hollie Robinson & Rocco

Yorkshire Water

Mark Sanderson


LTHT Team of the Week

Our Fundraising Team were featured last week on the LTH Trust website as their Team of the Week. This is what they had to say about us:

Every year Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust receives several millions of pounds in donations through the Leeds Hospital Charitable Foundation. This money helps to support our staff and patients, buy new equipment and improve the environment around our hospitals, as well as much more!

The Charitable Foundation team coordinate a number of appeals including Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal, Day One Trauma, Yorkshire Brain Research and many others that raise funds for a specific ward or area.

Maria Booker, Charitable Foundation Manager, said: “So much goes on here at the Charitable Foundation. One day you could be delivering collection buckets, meeting fundraisers and organising events. We also manage the governance of the charity and ensure that funds are spent how donors would wish them to be. We have a very varied job!

“The best bit is always seeing the difference that the money we raise can make to staff and patients at LTHT. We’re really proud to be able to do that.”

The team run a number of fundraising events each year and also bring in money through sponsorship of events such as marathons, mud runs and triathlons. They work closely with staff and supporters who choose to organise their own fundraising events in aid of the charity.

Part of the Foundation’s role is to help raise awareness of the work we do here at LTHT, including the patients we treat and the kind of equipment we use to do this, so that the community continue to raise funds to support us.

All funds raised by the team and our supporters are invested in improving different aspects of the hospitals. Last year, the Charitable Foundation funded free guest WiFi across the Trust which makes a big difference to patients and visitors spending long periods of time in our hospitals. They also continue to support the #hellomynameis campaign, reinforcing the importance of compassionate patient-care.

Jemma Richmond, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said: “I really enjoy working as part of this team and we all encourage each other, which is great. We are lucky to have such fantastic support from so many people who contribute time and money to the Charitable Foundation.”

Maria added: “This team build fantastic relationships with staff, patients and our local community to raise the profile of the Charitable Foundation. All of our volunteers and fundraisers in the community are so enthusiastic and dedicated to supporting the work of the Trust. We couldn’t do what we do without them so we’d like to say thank you to them too.”

If you’d like to find out more about the work of the charitable foundation and how you can get involved, you can meet the team in Jubilee Wing and Clarendon Wing reception areas on alternate Wednesdays or contact them on 0113 2066640.

Their next Meet & Greet is in Clarendon Wing Reception on Wednesday 22nd February 10am - 2pm.

Meet our FANTASTIC Fundraisers: Sara & Chris

Sara and Chris have decided to raise money for the Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal as a thank you on behalf of their daughter, Mabel who has undergone care and treatment since birth.

To date the four-year-old has had to endure 20 operations and relies on the tube going into her stomach to provide all of her medication and food.

Although Mabel has embraced the tube as a friend that keeps her alive, even fondly calling it her ‘tubie’, she has had to grapple with taboo and stigma on top of the day-to-day struggles presented by her condition."

They plan on completing a number of challenges including the Leeds 10K and a 100 Mile running challenge!

A target to raise £1,000 for the Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal and Team Endeavor (A Military Charity) was set and as of today have already smashed this target!

Congratulations Sara and Chris on your phenomenal effort so far, keep up the fantastic work!

You can support them by donating here: or here:

The family also did a great interview with the Harrogate Advertiser, which you can read here.

Rugby Match Total Revealed!

The final total is in for the Leeds Hospitals Rugby League Charity Match which took place on Sunday 13th November in aid of Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal.

Staff from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust took part and raised an amazing £2,577.98!!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the match and also to everyone who helped with both organising the event and on the matchday itself!

Leeds Children's Hospital Video

Here's a great promotional video for the Leeds Children's Hospital, which is based in the Clarendon wing at the LGI.

All of the staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital are dedicated to making sure that all children are cared for to the highest standards and that we achieve the very best outcomes for ill children and those with long term conditions.

We are proud to offer the second biggest range of paediatric services in the country.

Tesco Toy Donation

Over Christmas we had a visit from staff at Tesco, who have been collecting toys for Leeds Children's Hospital across all their Leeds stores and donated a truly outstanding 140 crates of toys to be gifted to our young patients. We would like to say a massive thank you to Tesco staff and customers for this amazing effort!

For all the photos of our generous donors, please click here.

Leeds Rhinos Visit

What an exciting afternoon we had when Leeds Rhinos kindly came to visit the Children's wards to say Hello and bring our young patients some lovely Christmas Presents! Thank you to all the players and staff who found the time to come in and wish our young patients a Merry Christmas, we are sure you will have made their afternoons!

For all the photos of a great vist, please click here.

Yorkshire Carnegie Visit

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the team from Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union for visiting Leeds Children's Hospital to hand out presents and spread festive cheer on the wards!

For all the photos of a great vist, please click here.

Clapgate Christmas Fair

Clapgate Primary School hosted their Christmas Fair in December and kindly invited us along to have a stall!

We had the chance to sell some of our Christmas Merchandise, Reindeer dust and Christmas Cards to the parents and children at the school as well as get to speak to some of them about who we are and what we do.

A total of £90.67 was raised; thank you to everyone who came over to our stall and thank you Clapgate Primary School for having us!

Christmas Donations

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all our generous supporters who have donated gifts for our young patients this week and made their time in hospital better, brighter and happier.

For all the photos of our generous donors, please click here.

YSL Masterclass Evenings

On 1st and 2nd December, we hosted our sell out Makeup Master Classes at Debenhams, Whiterose.

Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Whiterose kindly partnered up with us to put both events on and through entry ticket and raffle sales the events managed to raise an amazing total of £1,093.10!!

Thank you to YSL for their fantastic support and everyone who attended on either of the evenings, we hope you all had a great night!

OfficeXpress Donate £5K to LCH Appeal!

OfficeXpress Ltd visited to present our Children's Outpatient's Department with a cheque for £5,194.29 raised by recycling ink cartridges from businesses across the region.

Pictured are Christopher Milligan from OfficeXpress; Sharon Panasar, Play Specialist; Isaac Dention; Charlotte Caden and Sandra Garbutt, Department Sister.

This excellent donation will be spent on continuing to create a soothing and calming environment within the Children’s Outpatients Department.

LIBOR funding for children’s 3T intraoperative MRI suite at Leeds Children’s Hospital

We are thrilled that the Leeds Children's Hospital will be receiving £1.85m towards a high-tech scanner from the LIBOR banking fine fund.

Edward Ziff, the Chairman of the Charity's Trustees is elated by the news: “The Charitable Foundation, which runs the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal, is totally committed to this scanner, which will transform outcomes for young patients across the region for years to come. I was particularly keen to ensure some of the LIBOR grant fund came to Leeds and am delighted at today’s news from the Treasury."

Read more here:

Charity Rugby Match Ends Victorious

The LTHT Charity Rugby League Match, LGI vs St James' took place at Stanningley Rugby Club.

The day consisted of a children's rugby match prior to the adult game, interviews with RUGBY AM and Leeds Rhino's TV, refreshments and a raffle. Prior to the match a 2 minute silence was observed for Remembrance Sunday.

The match then began and within the first couple of minutes, St James' had their first try. Although they started strong, LGI fought back and were soon ahead in the game and unfortunately for St James' it stayed that way until the final whistle.

It was a great game enjoyed by all with the final score being 56-10 to LGI.

It was a really successful event which has so far raised £2,040.48 for Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal!

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and raised money and a special thanks to Rob and his team for making this event happen!

For all the photos of a great game, please click here.

Ceebies and Santa Visit Leeds Children's Hopsital!

We were lucky enough to encounter a visit from Santa Claus on 10th November!

He brought along his good friends Andy Day and Alex Winters from CBeebies and joined us for a visit around wards 41, 42, 51, 52 and Children's Outpatients. They came in to hand out early Christmas presents to our young patients and their siblings, before turning on the Leeds City Council Christmas Lights!

Our young patients were delighted to get to meet the CBeebies gang and give Santa a heads up as to what's on their Christmas lists this year.

For all the photos from a fun filled afternoon, please click here.

Team Neonates complete the Abbey Dash

Congratulations to our neonatal team who did the Abbey Dash on Sunday in memory of their late and much missed colleague Dr Simon Newell and to raise money in his name.

Our picture shows the participants in the warmth of the hospital - note their pink bow ties in tribute to Simon who was a great bow tie wearer!

Lead nurse Anne Harrop said: "It was quite challenging weather being very cold and very wet but I'm proud that all our team of varying abilities managed to finish the course, and it was great for team morale.

"We were all really pleased at the support we got with people shouting out "Team Neonates" to encourage us and it was lovely to talk to the other participants about Simon, as many of them knew his story and the great work he did and how much he is missed."

The team have already smashed through their fundraising target but you can still make a donation if you'd like to: or text LNNU54 and the amount you would like to donate (£) to 70070.


All our wards at Leeds Children's Hospital organise imaginative seasonal activities to ensure youngsters in the hospital don't miss out on the fun their friends and siblings are having.

Here are some pictures of a great Hallowe'en party held on ward L52, paediatric neurosciences and PICU.

The party was co-ordinated by Play Specialist Kirsty Redshaw and Play Leader Claire Pickering, who also took these pictures with the consent of parents.

All the children had a great time playing party games and eating the party food, and parents and staff had some fun too!

Well done to Kirsty and Clare and to all our play staff who've been having similar events across the hospital.

You can see a range of photos from Halloween on our Facebook page.

Nursing Times Award for LCHTV

A massive congratulations to our Leeds Teaching Hospitals Team who won a Nursing Times Award last night for the LCHTV initiative.

The project is a national first and brings together a range of specially-made films made in conjunction with ward staff, young patients and their families.

To find out more about LCHTV and to watch the videos please visit;

Deborah Newbould

Deborah Newbould is one of our incredible volunteers who spends her free time supporting the Children's Hospital by holding charity stalls in local Leeds Supermarkets.

She has raised an astonishing amount to date and helps to spread word about the Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal and why it exists.

Countess of Wessex Visit

During her visit to Leeds Children's Hospital this week, our Royal patron The Countess of Wessex also visited our neonatal unit in the Clarendon Wing.

Sophie met parents and their babies being cared for in the facility and chatted to staff about their challenging work.

She also saw the results of recent investment in the facility to create an improved environment as well as more space for treating some of the poorliest babies from across our region.

Yorkshire Marathon

Helen Wells took on the challenge of The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon last Sunday. Helen decided to fundraise for LGI's Neonatal unit where her beautiful daughter Neave spent the first 6 weeks of her life last summer.

Baby Neave arrived 8 weeks early, born with Gastroschisis and was successfully operated on hours after her birth. The families time on the ward wasn't always fun, they were desperate to have her home, but needed to wait until she had gained strength and could tolerate feeds.

"Throughout her time there she received excellent care and those 6 weeks now are just a small blip in her happy healthy already year long life!

This is my way of saying thanks and giving a little back to the unit that helps poorly babies from across Yorkshire"

We'd like to congratulate Helen for successfully completing the Yorkshire Marathon, as well as say a BIG thank you for raising £1610, what a fantastic effort!

Find out more about Helen's story here

Congratulations and a massive well done to Richard Warren who completed his 5th and final event on Sunday!

Richard took part in his first ever Marathon, the The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon, alongside cycling 30 miles there and 40 mile back straight after the event!

The day after his Marathon, RideWozzy was lucky enough to find out he had been successful in getting a place in the London Marathon 2017. After all his events this year we believe he will be a complete natural by then!!

We can't thank Richard enough for his fantastic fundraising efforts this year, we truly value all our supporters who help to fundraise on behalf of the Leeds Children's Hospital.

Big Leeds Bike Ride Triumph!

Well done to everyone who took part in the Big Leeds Bike Ride for Leeds Children's Hopsital Appeal on Sunday 18th September! All the photos from the day can be found on our Facebook page, please feel free to tag yourselves!

We’ll have a final figure from your wonderful fundraising soon!

Craig Completes Great North Run!

Congratulations to Craig Taylor who completed the Great North Run for Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal in an amazing time of 1 hour 52 minutes raising over £270!!

Thank You Craig!

Barcode Recruitment Ltd at Leeds Festival for LCH!

Barcode Recruitment Ltd supported the Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal over the August Bank Holiday Weekend at Leeds Festival.

They managed to collect £1,582.21 over 3 days at the festival!

Thank you to all the staff and supporters that helped raise this remarkable amount!

Pride of Britain Awards

On 17th August, the Fundraising Team was invited by The Pride of Britain Awards and TSB to Victoria Gardens in Leeds City Centre to be interviewed about each charity appeal and have photos taken beside the Pride of Britain Tour Bus and with host Amanda Byram. Read more about the day here.

Ward L9 and the CAT Unit Take on The Brownlee Triathlon

A pair of intrepid teams of nurses and doctors from ward L9 and the CAT Unit at Leeds Children's Hospital are getting ready to take part in the Brownlee Triathlon.

The event is taking place on Saturday 24th September at Harewood House and participants have to swim in the lake (750m), cycling 25k and sprint to the finish line on foot (5k), so it is quite an undertaking!

All the team are committed to improving the ward environment and making stays as pleasant as possible while they are in the facilities, so we're sure you'll agree this is a really great cause!

The full teams are - Jenni Holmes (ward sister), Poppy Cripps (play leader), Megan Evans (staff nurse), Bex Bracewell (ward sister), Jo Byatt (staff nurse), Ellis Jones (staff nurse), and consultant paediatricians Dr Chris Smith, Dr Vijay Acharya and Dr Ragbir Thethy.

The whole team would love some support on the day as well as donations, large and small.

Find out more on their Crowdfunding page.

Lifestyle Challenge Boot Camps

A big thank you to Lifestyle Challenge Camps who recently asked their participants to donate an optional £1 and managed to raise £100 for Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal.

The Square Ball

We are being supported again this football season by Leeds United fanzine, The Square Ball. Their first issue of the season is out on Saturday 13th August and here is our latest advert, featuring Mr Ted and The Big Leeds Bike Ride in September.

Ride Wozzy Update!

After completing the Hull 10K and Leeds 10K earlier in the summer, swifly followed by the Liverpool Nightrider bike ride, Richard Warren continued his amazing fundraising year with the York 10K on 7th August! A delighted "Wozzy" wrote on his Facebook page:

"Yay! - now completed my Jane Tomlinson's Run For All 10k series and the Liverpool Nightrider (all with extra cycling)!

Big focus on the The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in October - which includes 60miles worth of cycling to attend the event. Yeh, feeling somewhat aprehensive about that one for sure...gonna need that Farsley Flyers family support!

Still all worth it to improve the everyday life of many many children through National Deaf Children's Society and Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal."

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Children's Allergy Passport

A new Allergy Passport has been introduced at Leeds Children’s Hospital to reduce anxiety for young patients.

The Allergy Adventures’ Passport Pack has been designed to help parents and carers explain what will happen during a visit to the allergy clinic.

Brenda DeWitt, children’s allergy nurse specialist at Leeds Children’s Hospital, said: “We know that for many children coming to their allergy appointments can be quite a scary experience and we want to try and make the patient journey through the clinic more fun.”

The passport is the brainchild of Hailey Phillips from Allergy Adventures, who has been introducing them across the UK.

Capita Health Leeds Country Way Challenge

On the 3rd June a group of five from the Capita Health Infrastructure Leeds office set out on an epic challenge to walk the 62 mile Leeds Country Way continuously in one go hoping to complete within 24 hours.

The group was made up of Tom Myers, Mike Charlston, Paul McGouran, Paul Smith and Mike Longfellow.

The aim of completing the walk was to raise funds for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals' Neonatal Unit, after Mike Longfellow's Daughter Edie was born 15 weeks premature weighing just 1lb 9oz and was critically ill.

After 26 hours, 62 miles, some 150,000 steps and nearly 7,000 calories of walking later, the 2 remaining walkers in the team, Paul and Tom, arrived at The Fox Inn at Thorner where the challenge had begun the day before.

As a team of 5 they had all given everything they had and managed to raise a massive £4,500 for the Neonatal Unit which will help more children like Edie through their times of need.

Celebrating Eid with the Penny Appeal!

On Friday 22nd July, Penny Appeal came to the Leeds General Infirmary to celebrate Eid.

They brought food and drink for the patients on the wards and we had an Ice Cream van outside Jubilee Wing where patients could go and sit outside and enjoy the sun whilst eating an ice lolly.

Costa Coffee also gave vouchers for drinks for the parents/guardians of the Children. Lulus Louise Leeds came and did face painting and balloon making which the children really enjoyed.

All in all it was a brilliant day for the children at Leeds Children's Hospital.

Let The Games Begin!

The British Transplant Games got underway Liverpool with an exciting opening ceremony.

This is always a great feelgood event with a strong but very friendly competition between units, and of course we are rooting hard for our Leeds children's and adult teams!

Good luck to all the transplant patients taking part and celebrating the gift of life, we hope you have a wonderful time!

Click here for a few pictures of our teams getting ready for the opening ceremony and the first day of competition.

The Transplant Games!

One of the absolute highlights of summer is the British Transplant Games 2016, which start on 28th July in Liverpool.

LTH Trust caught up with some of the brilliant staff from Leeds Children's Hospital whilst they were getting ready to set off to Liverpool with our fabulous children's transplant team. Some 172 competitors and supporters are determined to do Leeds proud once again after an outstanding performance in Newcastle & Gateshead last summer!

The Trust and ourselves will be sharing pictures from the games on Facebook and you can follow the Leeds Children's Team on Twitter by checking the hashtag #LeedsKidsTG.

The games are open to transplant patients from all over the country, with teams being based around the hospitals where the operation took place, so our youngsters represent a wide geographical area across Yorkshire and neighbouring counties.

Alongside the children, a separate Leeds adult team is also going to the games and flying the flag for our highly successful adult organ transplantation services, and we will be sharing their progress too.

Good luck to all the competitors, supporters and volunteers from LTHT who are helping with the organisation of the teams!

DVDs and Games!

Horsforth Newlaithes Primary School have been collecting DVDs for the young patients at Leeds Children's Hospital and today we went to collect them. They ended up with an XBox 360 and over 300 DVDs and Games.

Thank you very much to all the staff and pupils!

Ward L40: LTH Trust Team of the Week!

Ward L40 in Leeds Children’s Hospital at the LGI were featured as "Team of the Week" on the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust Facebook page.

L40 is a general medical ward in Leeds Children’s Hospital and treats patients from newborn babies up to young adults aged 17.

Coming into hospital can be scary, especially for children, but the team on L40 are committed to providing a fun and safe environment for sick children to get better.

Laura Oxley, Sister, said: “Patients can be admitted with a variety of illnesses, including diabetes, meningitis and respiratory conditions like asthma. Some are admitted with acute conditions which need immediate treatment and then they can go home within a day or so. Others have more chronic conditions that require long term treatment so these patients may stay in hospital for a number of weeks and often they’ll come back into hospital frequently.”

Clare Hazlegreaves, Ward Manager, adds: “It really matters to us that every child treated on our ward receives the best possible care and the treatment that they need when they need it as we spend so much time with them and their families.We do the same for our patients as we would want for our own family and many children ask to come back to L40 when they’re admitted again so it shows that the team really make a difference.”

L40 is now the designated ward for children with diabetes and the team have received additional training so that they have the skills and knowledge to care for patients with this complex illness. Clare explains: “Beforehand children with diabetes could be admitted to any ward in the children’s hospital. Now we are able to work closely with the LTHT paediatric diabetes team so that we can provide much more specialist care and can get to know each patient’s individual needs which is better for them.”

The team also look after young people who are admitted with mental health needs which adds an extra dynamic to the care they provide on the ward.

Clare said: “I am so impressed by this team’s willingness to embrace every situation that they find themselves in. Nothing is out of bounds and they throw themselves into additional training, learn new skills and go the extra mile to adapt to the challenge.”

Student nurse Lauren Nicoll has been working on L40 for a few weeks as part of her placement and said: “It’s a great working environment. Everyone takes their job seriously but they also have fun while they’re at work. I’m really enjoying my placement here and have learnt so much from them all already.”

Laura adds: “The team work really well together and support each other. There’s a fantastic atmosphere on this ward. We have fun but we keep a professional approach to the care we provide at all times. Everyone enjoys coming into work and that’s really important.”

Ride Wozzy!

Just 5 days after from completing the Leeds 10K (his second 10K of the year - Hull 10K in June being the first), Richard Warren set off to take on the Liverpool Night Rider cycling event in his latest fundraising challenge!

Richard's son Daniel was born 3 months premature in Leeds General Informary with Auditory Neuropathy, a rare hearing condition. He's since set himself a number of challenges to raise money and awareness for the great support provided by National Deaf Children's Society and Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal.

Following his efforts in the Hull and Leeds 10Ks (cycling to each it must be noted!), 'Wozzy' cycled 400km of the canal to Liverpool and back, and 100km of the Night Rider event. A Herculean achievement!

But he's not finished there! Richard is going on to run the York 10K on 7th August and the Yorkshire Marathon on 9th October!

If you would like to support Richard and his fantastic efforts please visit his JustGiving page.

We thank Richard for his enormous efforts so far and wish him the best of luck with the remainder of his challenges this year!

If you would like to track Richard's progress, have a look at his Facebook page,

Leeds Lions' Week Away

The Leeds Lions sponsored and paid for a caravan for one of the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal families to have a week away.

The families chosen were Michelle Davidson whose daughter Tegan received a Liver Transplant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Amy Robinson whose son Lennox also received a Liver Transplant at the same time as Tegan.

They all went to the caravan in Filey on Saturday 25th June and despite the weather they all had a great time and were surprised to find a gift card and spending money in the caravan which had also been donated by the Leeds Lions.

Leeds 10K

Well done to all our amazing runners, volunteers and everyone that supported us at the Leeds 10K!

We hope you all had a fabulous day, and we cannot thank you enough for your hard work and commitment!

You can see more photos from an inspiring morning on our Facebook page.

Safe Hands!

The Leeds Children's Hospital was visited this afternoon by Leeds Rhinos star Adam Cuthbertson, enthusatically accompanied by Ronnie the Rhino and the Giggle Doctors.

They were here supporting the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust's ‪#‎safehands‬ campaign, which is running in the children's hospital this week. They also judged a poster competition, from drawing by patients as well as posed for photos with staff and patients.

You can see more photos from the visit on our Facebook page.

Leeds Half Marathon 2016!

It was a spectacular Sunday morning as a number of runners conquered the heat in support of Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal in the Leeds Half Marathon! Well done to everybody and thank you for your enormous efforts! For all photos taken on a scorcher of a day in Leeds, view our Facebook page.

This is the lovely 9 year old Zayna

Her parents noticed she wasn’t progressing physically and mentally at the rate of her peers and became aware that she was disabled and had special needs. They accommodated by getting her into a special school and moving into a more suitable house.

However, things got worse when Zayna was unfortunately diagnosed with kidney disease in January 2010. Drugs failed to help and by October 2012 she had gone into complete Renal failure which meant emergency surgery to implant a central line and being placed on haemodialysis. In June 2013 Zayna was moved onto Perioneal Dialysis so she could have dialysis at home every night for 10 hours. A week after Zayna’s 8th birthday, we are pleased to say that a kidney became available and she was given a successful kidney transplant and therefore a new lease of life!

The family found this a very difficult time and really appreciated the support of the excellent team on the Dialysis Unit. To thank them, and help other children in Zayna’s position, they organised a sponsored walk to raise money for the ward. They managed to raise a fantastic £3,774 which they presented to Nurse Timothy Palk on Ward 10 last week. A big thank you and well done to them!!