The Magpie Trust Fund, which supports families of long-term sick children, has received a generous donation from a fundraiser whose brother benefited from care at Medway Maritime Hospital.
Michele Davis, from Chatham, raised over £3,000 from a series of fundraising events throughout 2014, in memory of her brother Charlie. He passed away when he was 9, and was looked after within the hospital and by the Childrens’ Outreach and Specialist Team (COaST), which provides a link between hospital and home. She presented her cheque to Lynn Leighton, Matron of COaST, on Wednesday 22 April.
The Magpie Trust Fund is administered by COaST and is used to financially support families of long term sick children. They may find it hard to meet costs of travelling for treatment, lose income through not being able to work, or need to purchase essential equipment for care at home.
Miss Davis wanted to ‘give something back’ to the hospital and embarked on a significant fundraising effort to mark what would have been Charlie’s 18th birthday year. She called on family, friends and work colleagues to support her as she organised a string of events, including a masquerade ball, cake sale, raffle and fun run. Cliffe Woods School, where Charlie was a pupil, also held a ‘dress-down’ day to support her efforts.
Miss Davis said: “We have always been grateful for the kindness and support of staff who helped my family through a very difficult time. Charlie received amazing care and we ourselves benefited from the Magpie Trust Fund. I always do something for Charlie’s birthday and this year, I wanted to do something significant and give something back.”
Lynn Leighton said families now in a similar situation to Michele’s would benefit from the money she had raised. “We are very grateful to Michele for her amazing efforts and kindness, and are heartened that she is able to help others who are going through a similarly traumatic time.”
For further information about COaST, contact 01634 825135