Daniel’s Story | Alder Hey Children’s Charity Ambassadors

I have shared this post for free for charity. I have not been paid for this post. Each year I choose a couple of charities to support for free on the blog.

The Alder Hey Children’s Charity Ambassadors are children from all walks of life, who have been treated at Alder Hey or are a relative of a patient who has undergone treatment at our children’s hospital. We all know that childhood should be filled with smiles, fun and laughter but children often have to be brave and grow up quickly when they become ill. The charity wants to help to support all of the children who come through their doors.

Just ask Daniel Bell, and his mum Rosalind; one of the ambassadors.

Image supplied by Alder Hey Children’s Charity

When three year old Daniel was diagnosed with a brain tumour, he was rushed to Alder Hey, a centre for excellence on brain conditions. His tumour was the size of an adult fist and there was a possibility that the surgery which would save his life could also rob him of key motor and mobility skills.

Thankfully, his surgeries were aided by Alder Hey’s state of the art 3-T MRI scanner. The device,  paid for by the charity, allows surgeons to scan the brain during surgery and assess the success of the operation in the operating theatre and not many months after recovery. This equipment was featured recently in an episode of Hospital on BBC2, again in a lifesaving situation.

Image supplied by Alder Hey Children’s Charity

He is now a healthy, happy and active six year old boy. He is a budding actor, recently seen in a production of Little Shop of Horrors with his local Performing Arts Club.

He also raises money for Alder Hey, named a Young Ambassador for the charity. So far, he and his family have raised more than £22,000 for the charity – accomplished by collecting people’s Christmas trees which is just one of the fun ways Alder Hey’s young and old fundraisers raise money. They’ve also done bake sales, park runs and charity car washes too!

All the ambassadors help to raise money for the charity which helps them continue to provide vital funds to provide life saving medical equipment and facilities which make a real difference to families every day.

The charity has also recently installed distraction technology within the wards. This helps to distract attention away from the treatment or examinations that need to be carried out by professionals. Young patients are entertained with colourful, bright and positive images projected on the walls of the room. This helps to transform a white ward into a magical world where children can escape from their fear.

Alder Hey relies on the support and kindness from the public to continue to provide innovative solutions and vital funds. There are plenty of ways to do this. Alder Hey Children’s Charity has recently launched a brand-new running hub to inspire and motivate people to run for charity. With delicious recipe ideas, running tips and plenty of running training plans (5k, 10K, half marathon and marathon  training). if you’d like to challenge yourself to run a 5K, 10K or even a marathon we would love to you go and check out the Alder Hey Running Hub now.

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