Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Sudbury/Ipswich: Family’s fundraising effort for childrens’ ward

13:09 26 November 2012

Cheque presentation for Amber Rae Kidd-Stanton who had a brain tumour.

Cheque presentation for Amber Rae Kidd-Stanton who had a brain tumour.

Archant

LIFE for seriously ill children on a hospital ward is set to become a little brighter, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a Suffolk family.

shares

Ipswich tot Amber Rae Kidd-Stanton, who was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour in February, is currently making good progress after undergoing four operations at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.

Her parents Michala and Matt were so impressed with the care their daughter received on the ‘C2’ children’s oncology and haematology ward, they embarked on a campaign to raise money for the unit. In July, they held a fundraising event with an auction and raffle at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, with an initial target of £2,500 in mind.

Mrs Kidd-Stanton said they were overwhelmed by the amount of support their campaign had attracted, which resulted in a total of £8,000 raised on the day.

Amber’s grandma Maria Robins – who lives in Great Waldingfield and works at Greggs bakery, in Sudbury – wanted to contribute. So along with her colleagues at the store, she undertook a series of fundraising challenges, including “rowing” the distance to the London Olympics on a rowing machine.

And the family including two-year-old Amber’s sister Maddison, five, and her aunt Melanie Ashby, from Colchester, converged on Greggs last week to collect a cheque for £250. Earlier this year, the store donated £500 of vouchers for the raffle.

Mrs Robins said: “When Amber came out of hospital we decided we wanted to do something for the ward because they were so good to her. Because the children have to be kept in a sterile environment, they are restricted to the ward so the hospital’s play team intends to use the money to create an ‘outdoor’ area on the ward.

“Considering how tight things are financially for most people at the moment, we continue to be amazed at how much money has kept trickling in since the event in summer.”

Mrs Kidd-Stanton said the C2 team had gone “above and beyond” what was expected of them.

She added: “On the days when Amber couldn’t get out of bed, they brought her new toys every day and they were available to answer our questions whenever we needed them to.”

shares

0 comments

Remnants of what is thought to be an 18th century ship found by Mark Hopkins on Thorpeness beach

Remnants of a what is thought to be a centuries-old shipwreck have resurfaced on the Suffolk coast.

Early morning sunrise at Southwold - visit the pier for a quirky day out

With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, editor in chief Terry Hunt has shared his list of Suffolk’s top 10 romantic places - so there is no excuse not to make your beloved feel special.

How will you make your Valentine feel special this weekend?

A secret admirer has come clean about his feelings for a shop assistant in Ipswich - could you be the object of his affections?

An artist's impression of the street scene at Wolsey Grange.

Plans for hundreds of homes on the outskirts of Ipswich have been approved – despite being shot down at a previous meeting.

An early 'dishwasher' at the 1920 Ideal Home Show Exhibition - they don't build them like they used to

They don’t build them like they used - that is the sentiment of a Suffolk man who has finally scrapped his trusty dishwasher 27 years after it was first installed.

Beardmore Park.
lings

The relocation of a Martlesham garden centre, which had been facing closure, could pave the way for Marks and Spencer to expand its neighbouring store significantly.

St Mary-at-the-Quay church.

The medieval Waterfront building is undergoing a £5million transformation to become a multi-use community centre with a wellbeing and heritage centre theme.

The accident happened on the A12 at Chelmsford

All lanes have now reopened on the A12 at Chelmsford following an accident in which a man died this morning.

A few views of the river Stour at Flatford

From gusty wind and grey skies, to calm waters and a sneaky peak at the winter sun - this week has been a changeable one weatherwise.

A collision on East Mersea Road between a bus and a low-loader lorry which was carrying a steam engine.  Photo: Su Anderson

A bus driver who was critically injured in a crash involving a lorry carrying a 15 tonne steam engine told emergency teams to leave him and help his passengers instead.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24