Weʼve raised £150 to help raise money for Great Ormond Street hospital ‘Bake it Better’ campaign
- Funded on Tuesday, 28th August 2018
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Meet Rhiann – GOSH patient, gymnastics whizz and fundraising star! Her mum Rowena shares the story of Rhiann’s time at GOSH and how their family came together to host an amazing bake sale in support of the hospital!
“Rhiann had gone to school as normal in the morning, and I don’t recall her complaining of anything or not feeling well. I had a phone call just after lunch to say she’d been sick and that she was complaining of having a headache. I went to the school and by the time I got there, she had deteriorated quite rapidly.”
“The local hospital told me to take Rhiann to A&E, which was incredibly busy. Her headaches continued to get worse, but as the hospital couldn’t find anything physically wrong with her, they wanted to send her home.”
A shocking diagnosis
“I asked for further checks, and she had a scan in the early hours of the morning – that’s when we were told something had been found on her brain. We were taken by ambulance to GOSH, and we met the neurological team at the hospital. They sat us down and explained everything, including Rhiann’s diagnosis - an ‘AVM’ on her brain, which is a very rare and serious condition involving a tangle of blood vessels with abnormal connections between arteries and veins.”
”The AVM was on the left cerebellum - the area of the brain that affects coordination - which is ironic as Rhiann does a lot of gymnastics and had qualified as an individual and a group gymnast for the British Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships the very same day that she had first taken ill. Rhiann was very upset, she had worked so hard to achieve this and to find out such great news at the same time as finding her self in hospital was really difficult for her, she had questions about whether she’d be able to go back to gymnastics. We had to try and keep her hopes up.”
Rhiann responded well to her initial treatment but became unwell again in summer 2017, requiring pioneering gamma knife stereotactic radiosurgery to fully tackle the AVM. “I think that becoming poorly again really affected her, and she became disheartened - she thought she was better and all of a sudden she had to go through it all again, which was quite traumatic”
.”“As we were leaving the hospital after Rhiann’s initial treatment, she noticed the Bake it Better posters and decided she wanted to take part. She was so excited!”
”Rhiann held her bake sale at her school which I thought was really brave, because she’d had quite a few weeks off, and hadn’t really been back properly since she was taken ill there. She organised everything herself, she made sweetie cones to sell alongside the cakes and organised raffle prizes too. A family friend is a professional baker, so she baked cakes for us to sell. Our family and friends really pulled together to show their support. In total, Rhiann raised over £1,000. I thought it was incredible after everything she’d been through. She's organised a bake sale at her school this year too, which will take place during Bake it Better week!”
“Rhiann’s doing much better now, she’s just qualified for the English Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships again this year.”
”Great Ormond Street did save Rhiann’s life, and she’s able to continue with gymnastics which is her dream. Without GOSH, Rhian wouldn’t be where she is now. We’d be looking at a completely different story.”
so please please help us to help Rhiann raise more money for Great Ormond Street Hospital so that they can continue saving childrens lifes the way they saved Rhiann’s.
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May 23, 2018
What an amazing job you’ve done today, congratulations xxx
May 14, 2018
Hope you reach your target! Good luck to Rhiann. Love Marie and Charlie xx
May 2, 2018
Good Luck Rhiann! Love from Rose and Dave xx
May 2, 2018
Go for it Rhiann!! Love GT xx
Apr 30, 2018
Good luck for Wednesday xxx
Apr 30, 2018
Good Luck Rhiann. Your amazing, I’m really proud of you. Love, Lexie 💖🤩😍😁
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