Lewis is the Star of our Christmas appeal

Lewis is the Star of our Christmas appeal


This Christmas, we’re asking our supporters to donate  to support
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and help children like Lewis.

Six year old Lewis was born with Apert Syndrome, a rare
genetic condition that affects 1 in 65,000 newborns. It can
cause premature closure of the bones in the skull as well as
fusion of the fingers and toes. He has had 16 major operations

His mum, Donna, describes the start of their family’s
Alder Hey journey.

“Our first trip involved meeting the whole disciplinary team
where we learnt that our journey was just beginning. It wasn’t
a daunting experience as plastic surgeon Mr Christian Duncan
made us feel relaxed and reassured by saying ‘Welcome to the
family – you’ll be with us for the next 18 years’.”

Alder Hey is one of only four hospitals in England and Wales that
has the infrastructure, expertise and experience to treat Apert
Syndrome. Our hospital is designed to support every member
of the family and children of all ages, providing the facilities,
treatment and distraction, as well as the comfort, privacy and
dignity they deserve.

“Lewis underwent his first surgery at only five months old when
the surgeon successfully changed the shape of his skull. Even
though our boy was so young, we had every faith in the surgical team”.

Like many children, Lewis will need more procedures in the future and spend many years in our care.

With your donations we can support our young patients and their families as they grow and flourish.



You’ll be helping to provide our clinicians with the most up-to-date equipment as well as ensuring we are constantly improving treatments and pushing boundaries with our research. And you’ll help to keep Lewis, and children like him, smiling.

On behalf of Lewis, his family and all at Alder Hey, best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.


Lewis with brother Hayden, Alder Hey Charity Fundraiser 

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