December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Despite being born with a serious heart defect Lily Skeggs has always been a happy child who is loved in her home village of Bures.
So much so, that her neighbours have rallied round to organise a sponsored walk and fun day, to raise money for the hospital where she has received constant medical attention in the 11 years since she was born.
Lily’s mum Jenny, 45, wants to raise enough to buy toys and books to help brighten the stay of children on the wards of London’s Royal Brompton Hospital.
She said: “Lily was born with a hole in the heart and narrowing of the aorta. She had open heart surgery when she was just nine months old and has had to make regular visits to the hospital.
“We thought she was doing really well, but last summer, she developed painful heart palpitations and we discovered she will need to have a valve replaced. We have been absolutely shocked because she had seemed fine.
“The hospital has been such a big part of her life and it’s very humbling to see other young patients there in worse situations than ours; we just wanted to give something back.”
Nearly £2,000 has been raised already with the help of Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard, which Lily will attend from this term. The school, which sister Maisy, 17, and brother Billy, 15, already attend, organised a non-uniform day for the cause.
Mrs Skeggs continued: “This Saturday at 12noon, we will be taking on an 11-mile sponsored walk from Belle Vue Park in Sudbury back to Bures, where there will be an afternoon event with stalls, a bouncy castle and a car boot sale.
“We are so proud of Lily – she is brilliant and has never once complained about her illness. We are all very touched that the community has pulled together like this to help us raise money for the Brompton Foundation.”
The fundraising event will take place on Bures Common this Saturday from 1pm.