Summer spreads Christmas cheer in aid of Alder Hey!
Alder Hey Ambassador Summer has been busy spreading Christmas joy for children and young people at Alder Hey, as she and her family have been asking for donations to Alder Hey in return for posting all her neighbour’s letters to Santa in a Santa Claus postbox outside their house! So far, Summer has raised over £250, with the fundraising still ongoing!
Unbeknownst to her family, Summer was born with Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), and at four months old she was diagnosed with a large Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), which simply put, is a large hole in her heart. After 2 weeks at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, she was transferred to Alder Hey where she underwent her first heart surgery.
Since then, Summer has undergone another surgery at Alder Hey and is currently awaiting her third. Whilst at Alder Hey, she spent time in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) where she had one-on-one care from the ICU nurses and spent time on Ward 1C where she was looked after by the Cardiac Specialist team.
Summer’s mum, Stephanie, said: “The care we received whilst at Alder Hey was second-to-none. Not only did they look after Summer, but they also looked after us and reassured us the whole time we were there.
We want to support Alder Hey Children’s Charity so that they can continue making their hospital the centre of excellence that it is, expanding on what they do now in supporting Alder Hey and its staff, who offer first-class support and lifesaving care to all the patients and families at the hospital.”
Thank you so much to Summer and her family for helping spread some Christmas spirit during this festive season, your generosity will make such a difference to patients and families at Alder Hey. If you would like to support Summer’s Letters to Santa fundraiser, click the link below to go to her JustGiving page and make a donation today!