A BRAVE toddler’s family from Chester is supporting a £30m appeal to create a ‘world class’ children’s hospital in the region.
Three-year-old Erin Cross, who lives in Upton, was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukaemia just weeks after her second birthday.
She has been undergoing intensive treatment at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.
Erin’s parents Sarah and Antony are throwing their weight behind the new appeal.
Alder Hey is currently building a new hospital in Liverpool, which opens in 2015, and the money raised will go towards providing life-saving medical equipment, arts and play activities and funding for vital research.
Erin’s Fundraising Friends have already raised more than £6,000 for the hospital since the toddler was diagnosed.
Erin has undergone intense chemotherapy and continues to visit Alder Hey every fortnight for her treatment.
Mum Sarah said: “We witnessed Alder Hey saving our daughter’s life and have always felt she is in the best possible hands.
“The team at Alder Hey have been amazing. They have been an incredible support for our entire family, from diagnosis right through the treatment.
“When Erin was very poorly at the start, the doctors said to us she would get better and we would get our little girl back.
“Within months she was walking and smiling again so they were right.
“We would like to say to other families in this situation that it does get better.
“It’s very hard at the start but they should know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”
A campaign called ‘The Land of Remarkable People’ has been launched to support the appeal and Erin and her family want as many people as possible to donate.
Sarah said: “When you see the dedication of all the staff at Alder Hey, you just want to help in some way.
“From the day after Erin was diagnosed, we were talking about fundraising.
“Please give money to Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
“We need to help other remarkable children like Erin in the Land of Remarkable People.”
The NHS is funding the build of the hospital itself but the appeal allows Alder Hey to include a higher specification of equipment, fund art and play activities and support research.
Professor Michael Brown, chairman of Alder Hey Children’s Charity said: “We need to give our children the best support that we possibly can. We want our new facility to be truly remarkable, a world class hospital that children and young people deserve.
“Every penny raised will really make the difference to the lives of children in Alder Hey now and literally millions of children in the future.”
Donations can be made by phone on 0333 222 3888 or online at www.alderhey charity.com/donate.