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Fund-raiser is big thank you to children's hospital

Redditch Editorial 28th Nov, 2015 Updated: 18th Oct, 2016

A VIP lunch with Father Christmas, personalised gifts, a brilliant raffle and much more are on offer next Saturday in a major fund raising drive in Redditch.

Behind it all is big hearted teenager Elise Wesley who wants to say a big ‘thank you’ to the Ronald McDonald House at Birmingham Children’s Hospital where she and her family have stayed while medics cared for her seriously ill brother Cheyenne.

The house gives the families of ill children a safe haven close to the hospital were relatives can gain some respite yet still be close at hand.

“My little brother has been diagnosed with leukaemia twice and over the years we’ve stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for eight months, including spending three Christmases there,” said Elise, aged 18.

“The staff have really supported us and I just wanted to do something to say thank you to them and to help other families of children who are ill.”

Cheyenne, now aged nine, was first diagnosed when he was four years old and had a stem cell transplant back in 2014 and is now thankfully recovering, but the Elise says the work of staff at the Ronald McDonald House really helped her family cope with the stress.

So much so that now, with help from mum Michelle, she’s hoping to raise £1,000 at her fund raising event to be held on Saturday (December 5) at the Abbeydale Club off Gibbbs Road in Abbeydale.

“We’ve got lots of attractions including a VIP lunch for children with Santa Claus, a raffle with some really good prizes, a name the teddy competition, lots of stalls and crafts and I’m hoping it will really go well,” said the Oakenshaw resident, who works for Redditch borough council.

The event runs from 2pm to 7pm and everyone is invited to go along, have some fun and raise money for a very good cause.

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