Hello my name is Tilly and I am 4 years old. Last year I was diagnosed with LCH (Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis), a rare form of cancer that affects roughly 50 kids a year. I have had a year of chemotherapy treatment at both Great Ormond Street Hospital and our fantastic local hospital Whipps Cross. I am getting better every week with the help of my medicine, and I love going to school with my friends when I feel well.
Please help me to raise some money for Acorn Children's Ward at Whipps Cross as they provide excellent care for so many poorly children in our community!
A bit more about Acorn Ward (From Tilly's Mum Jenny)
Acorn Ward is a paediatric unit at Whipps Cross Hospital treating local children on the ward and also offering outpatient care.
It is every parent's worst nightmare that their child needs to be admitted to hospital, but we are so lucky as a community to have this excellent unit on our doorstep. Acorn Ward treats so many kids with issues ranging from broken bones through to specialist oncology care.
As a family we can't thank the team at Acorn Ward enough! They have been so kind and warm whilst also giving Tilly excellent medical care. Tilly loves visiting Acorn Ward and always looks forward to seeing the Oncology Team. She especially loves the colourful garden and play area outside which provides the children with a wonderful escape from the ward.
Having Acorn Ward around the corner has meant that we haven't had to travel long distances for Tilly's chemotherapy, and we have been able to stay with her when she has needed to be admitted to the ward.
What are we fundraising for?
Acorn Ward has a long list of things that they would like to achieve, but they desperately need additional funds to make them happen. That is where we NEED YOUR HELP!
The team would like to raise funds for vital equipment, toys and some important ward renovations.
The Oncology team would specifically like to create a bright new chemotherapy cubicle for the children. This will make a big difference to poorly kids receiving difficult treatment who may be feeling scared.
They also need funds to provide all the children on the ward with toys, books and activities. Children like Tilly are often in isolation rooms so they may not be able to get out of their room for days on end. Having (new sterile) toys and activities is a real life line for the kids and can help keep their little minds active when on the ward for long periods.
The money will help to benefit all poorly kids, not just those under the care of the Oncology team.
So please donate now and help us reach our target of £5k!
Firstly thank you all so much for donating!
My family would like to thank all the team at Acorn Ward. Special thanks to Kristy McKeon our dedicated Oncology Specialist Nurse and Dr Andrea Leigh our Oncology Consultant, both of you have been without doubt the most special people that we have met on our difficult journey this year - Thank you both! Also to Nurse Jackie - You are so patient with Tilly and your smile and kindness have been so touching. Thanks also to Dr Ashraf who is always so kind and welcoming to our family. You have all been a wonderful support for us and your advice, expert knowledge and care have been above and beyond our expectations at every point.
Staying on the ward regularly you get to know a lot of the individual staff members, and each one of them is dedicated to providing excellent care and support; be it cleaners, lunch staff, play workers, doctors or nurses. I can't name them all but thank you to each of them.
From: Tilly, Jenny (Mum), Rob (Dad), Isadora (Big Sister) & Arthur (Baby Brother)