If you struggled to get back on the wagon at the start of the year, and need some motivation, then take part in our ‘Give It Up’ fundraising challenge for Lent and know that you’ll be supporting our sick kids.

No matter your vice, whether a daily chocolate hit, a morning coffee on your way to work, or even a weekly takeaway, ‘give it up’ for our patients for a whole month and get sponsored by your family, friends, schoolmates or colleagues to do it. Alternatively, you can just donate the amount you would’ve spent on all your coffees, treats, or whatever it is you’ve given up, to us. 

Take on our 'Give It Up' challenge this year and support our sick kids like 12-years-old Ellie-Mae and six-year-old Mason who are both on restricted diets due to their conditions.


Ellie-Mae has Partial Sacral Agenesis, which affects the nerve supply to her kidneys, meaning they don’t function correctly. She is currently on a waiting list for a new kidney and, while she waits for a donor, she has to have haemodialysis three times a week. Due to her condition, she is unable to consume anything that is high in potassium, so misses out on lots of her favourite foods, like chocolate and chips. She is also restricted by what she can drink, so fizzy drinks and even juices are a definite no-no.


Mason, from Doncaster, is currently on the strict medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) diet, following open heart surgery, which means he has to give up his favourite treats.

Mason has been a patient at our hospital since he was just four-days-old. At his mother’s 20-week scan, his parents were told that Mason had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare condition which meant the left side of his heart was severely underdeveloped.  Four days after he was born, he had to undergo the first of many procedures to fix his broken heart.

Since then, Mason has had a number of additional surgeries at our hospital, including having a pacemaker fitted when he was three-years-old. In October this year, he underwent the Fontan procedure, an open heart operation to help combat the effects of HLHS by directing blood from the lower part of the body directly to the lungs to allow it to pick up oxygen without being pumped through the heart.

Following the procedure, Mason has been on the strict MCT diet to aid his recovery. This means he hasn’t been able to eat his favourite treats, including chocolate, pizza, chicken nuggets or garlic bread, for six weeks. To help Mason get through the next few weeks, his Nanna is joining Mason in giving up garlic bread and his Granddad is giving up crisps.

Will you show solidarity with patients like Ellie-Mae and Mason, by giving up something you love? It doesn’t have to be food related. Could you prise yourself away from social media for a month or perhaps stay off your Xbox for a few weeks?

If you’re up for the challenge, register now, and let us know what you’ll be giving up.

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