There are many brave young children who come through the doors at Alder Hey but not everyone realises that many of them are the brothers and sisters of our young patients.
Jessica Weaver is only 7 but has already dealt with a lot. In May 2014, her little sister Georgina was born earlier than expected with Tracheal Agenesis, a rare condition in which the windpipe fails to develop.
Her parents Emma and Leigh, from Neston, made the journey from their local hospital over to Alder Hey when their baby girl was transferred for further care. Georgina was only the third baby in 18 years to be diagnosed with the fatal condition. The medical team at Alder Hey continued to nurse her but at only five days old Georgina could fight no longer.
Although dealt with such heart-breaking news, Jessica and her parents have been incredibly strong for one another and have used their experience to benefit other families. They have been raising awareness of Georgina’s condition and have done an outstanding job in raising money for Alder Hey and Ronald McDonald House.
Jessica’s latest adventure saw her powerfully undertake an 11mile ride on her trike all the way from Hadlow Station in Willaston, along the Wirral Way to West Kirby.
“I told Georgie I would do a sponsored trike ride in her name to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where she was cared for,” said Jessica.
Her mum and dad are extremely proud of what Jessica has achieved to complete the 11 mile cycle which has raised much needed funds for Alder Hey Children's Charity
Jessica recently became a young fundraising ambassador and is looking forward to seeing how her fundraising efforts have made a difference to other families at the new Alder Hey in the Park.