Birmingham Children’s Hospital has thousands of supporters and fundraisers who repeatedly go out of their way to make a real difference to the children and young people in Birmingham and beyond. Each week we will be telling the story of one of the hospital’s dedicated Charity Champions to highlight the difference that they are making.
Charity Champion Profile
Name: Kerryann and Alex Lee together with their daughters, Lucyann and Scarlett
Occupation: Kerryann is Lead Practitioner at Our Monkey Club nursery and Alex is Deputy Manager at a children’s home.
Hometown: Church Gresley, Swadlincote
Brief Description: The Lee family organised a music gig to say thank you for Lucyann’s care, which raised £618 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
A family of four from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, have danced into this week’s Charity Champion top spot after organising an evening of live music and raising £618 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s Cardiac Unit (Wards 11 and 12).
The Lee family, including mum Kerryann, dad Alex and daughters Lucyann, 12 and Scarlett, 8, showed that they’re all heart after arranging their ‘Festival of Hearts’ night, all in honour of Lucyann’s exceptional care as an on-going cardiac patient at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Diagnosed with an abnormally fast heart rate at birth – called Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT) – Lucyann, who is now doing really well, takes regular medication to help relieve her SVT episodes and visits the children’s hospital for regular check-up appointments.
The family decided to set up ‘Lucy’s Pockets’ to raise money for causes close to their hearts and their most recent event in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity was a huge success, which saw over 200 people attend to enjoy live entertainment from local bands, dance groups and performing arts pupils.
Kerryann, 38, a Lead Practitioner at Our Monkey Club nursery, said: “Lucyann wanted to do something to give back to the hospital which has looked after her so well and as a family we were keen to support her too, to show how grateful we are to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
“We’re so proud of Lucyann. She’s worked so hard at her fundraising even when she’s felt unwell, all because she wants to help others with poorly hearts. Hopefully the money we’ve raised will make everyone’s stay on Wards 11 and 12 a little bit easier.”
Annie Eytle, Acting Events and Regional Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, added: “We’re so glad to hear Lucyann is doing so well and we’re incredibly grateful to the Lee family for choosing to say thank you to our world-class hospital in this lovely way.
“The money they have raised will help make a big difference to our brave young patients, and their equally brave families, cared for by our cardiac team.”