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Carter the Brave

Fundraising for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity
£399,908
raised of £500,000 target
by 1653 supporters
We support Birmingham Children's Hospital to improve the lives of sick children

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Supporting the Childhood Cancer Ward & Clinic of Birmingham Children's Hospital.

We all work so hard for our children to be happy, fulfilled and enjoy care-free lives so it really is every parent’s worst nightmare to be sat down and told that their child is critically ill. On the 11th January 2016 we received the devastating diagnosis that our gorgeous little boy, Carter, had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. 100% leukaemia cells with zero healthy cells seen. Suddenly your whole life stops in its tracks.

The road has been a gruelling one of 8 months unbelievably intensive treatment followed by 3 years of maintenance treatment. Carter has been so incredibly brave throughout. At only 4 years old, he understood how vital his wigglies (central lines) were, he accepted his magic sleeps on a weekly and sometimes twice weekly basis, he quietly took all of his chemotherapy and steroid treatment in hospital & at home and one of the most touching things is that when he lost his hair he just said ‘at least we don’t need to wash it now mummy.’ He knew that his factory was broken and was making poorly blood and that we needed to fix it to make ‘Spiderman blood.' He knew he had a lot of weeds and not many flowers so when our consultant told us he could see a few flowers, Carter said ‘that’s good Mummy, I think they like the medicine we are giving them.’

In addition to this bravery, despite switching to a life of cannulas, chemo, blood tests, hospital stays, magic sleeps & scans, Carter has never complained about missing the fun of school, swimming, horse-riding, football or parties. He has never mentioned his sore back after the lumbar punctures and bone marrow tests and he didn’t even cry about not being able to walk for so long & being wheelchair bound for many years. Such strength from a 4 year old who has now grown up into a remarkable young lad of 12 years old.

Carter rang the bell in March 2019 & we thought that would be the end of the journey but on the contrary, it fell quickly upon BCH to try & find out what was causing Carter’s new problems. We had ambulances, many many 60 minute dashes & a very poorly boy. I simply cannot fault BCH since Carter has continued to receive the most phenomenal care. We have had many bone marrow tests, lumbar punctures, countless scans, x-rays, nerve testing & blood tests & spent many weeks total as inpatients. The cause is still unknown but the result is a condition akin to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & even today, 5 years post treatment, we remain under the watchful eye of BCH & with greatly interrupted school & activities.

One of our missions continues to be our fundraising to help other people’s Carters. We set up Carter the Brave in April 2016 via this JustGiving Page from which all funds go to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Oncology Ward, Clinic & Research. So far we have purchased the handsfree Vocera system across the BCH Oncology ward & clinic, 3 IV Vein Finders, 2 Mobile Ear & Throat Devices, DVD players & DVDs for clinic, 2 iPads, 900 AMAZON vouchers for the newly diagnosed & finally we were delighted to donate £8000 to Round Table Children’s Wish, which helps fulfil the dreams of children with cancer who are either critically or terminally ill. In November 2019 we were also pleased to purchase 7 GameStations – for clinic, ward & the transplant unit. These GameStations have been 2 years in the making & are the first ones of their kind in the world. They allow children to play games or watch movies from bed, lying down & in isolation - they are totally mobile much like a hospital bed table. More recently we have bought 2 mobile Chemo CADD pumps which have enabled children to receive chemo at home - many parents have messaged me about these as being at home is SO much better than clinic.

In 2020 we were delighted to set up the Carter the Brave’s Fellowship Fund & CTB has now donated £107,000 to this which has funded a research project called 'Starve Leukaemia.' Dr Frank Mussai, leading Paediatric Oncology Consultant of BCH, yielded encouraging results from Phase 1 & is currently working on Phase 2. If successful this will result in a clinical trial! 

I am forever grateful to the astounding support we have received over the last 8 years & I’ve received so many messages of thanks from childrens’ parents. Today I am so proud of Carter, Team Carter the Brave & what we have all achieved amidst some very difficult times! Thank you all so much. XX

About the charity

It's bewildering and unsettling for anyone going into hospital but especially for children and that is why we are a fundraising hospital. We raise funds to enhance the experience of our patients by providing state of the art medical equipment and facilities and creating a child-friendly environment.

Donation summary

Total raised
£399,907.59
+ £12,511.48 Gift Aid
Online donations
£88,838.37
Offline donations
£311,069.22

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