Weʼre raising £10,000 to On October 14th 2011 our son was badly burnt we are raising money for the burns camp
- Manchester, UK
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This show is about to enter its 4th year raising funds for the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, so far a staggering “£66,000 has been raised. This year the chosen cause is very close to our hearts, this years funds will be going to the Burns camp. On October 14th 2011 we woke to a normal school day by 7:45am our lives would be turned upside down!! The night before we were celebrating a birthday.
The morning of the 14th I woke our son Joshua and made him his breakfast I left him eating his breakfast and went up to wake his sister I was gone no more than 5 minutes! As I started coming down the stairs I heard the most horrendous screams.. the screams that you hear and you know something is seriously wrong I ran with my heart pounding as I entered the living room Joshua was stood screaming his tshirt was on fire 😢 the front of his tshirt was completely gone!! I ran and pulled the tshirt off well what was left. when I went upstairs Joshua lit a tea light candle YES A TEA LIGHT CANDLE! Wax spilt on his tshirt not knowing what would happen he tried melting the wax his tshirt went up in flames in panic he ran through the house trying to put the flames out.. I wrapped him in a tea towel and phoned 999 they told me to place him I a cold shower less than 2 minutes In his lips started going blue and he was frozen I couldn’t do it I wrapped him up and craddled him until the ambulance crew arrived.. the screams still haunt me now and every time I think of the event I fill up.
Joshua was blue lighted to our local hospital in Blackburn, when we arrived they took one look at him and said we won’t treat him they blue lighted him to the Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, on arrival we were taken to the burns unit scrub room, Joshua was placed over a metal bath and surrounded by at least 15 professionals, they were taking pictures and measurements the team had to treat josh they started by scrubbing the burns yes scrubbing this was an horrendous ordeal but had to be done, we were breaking as his mother I wanted to trade places and take his pain away. Once he was scrubbed he was bandaged and we were told 48 hours later they would measure the depth of the burns as the burn can continue to penatrate for this length we needed to know what degree burns he had sustained!! In a full-thickness or third-degree burn, the injury extends to all layers of the skin, Often there is no pain and the burnt area is stiff. Healing typically does not occur on its own, Full-thickness burns usually require surgical treatments, such as skin grafting. An hour after the scrubbing his consultant came to see us and informed us that they were not waiting to measure josh need skin grafts my heart sunk this was the worst news.. that evening Glenn went to theatre with josh this was a heart breaking ordeal he wanted to take his place. Joshua had 3 operations in total and spent 6 weeks in the hospital once released he was at home for 3 Months.. when back at home he was bullied and called some vile names such as creature and Gollum this is when the burns camp got in touch and offered Joshua a place on one of there camps, he’s attended 2 so far.. the care and treatment was incredible and with out them I’m not sure what would of happened the support our son received was phenomenal and we can’t thank them enough.
This year we are trying to raise just over £30,000 to help run the burns camp so more children can be healed and supported .
We are asking all our family and friends to help us hit this target.
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