Family continue fundraising effort for children’s ward at North Manchester General Hospital

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Family continue fundraising effort for children’s ward at North Manchester General Hospital
21 February 2017

A FAMILY from Blackley are continuing in their efforts to put smiles on children’s faces by donating toys to the children’s ward at North Manchester General Hospital.

The Holland family have good reason to support the hospital which is part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.  Mum Caroline works in the catering department at North Manchester and daughter Abbi received treatment there in 2013 when her life changed forever.

Abbi, who was three years old at the time, fell at school and cut her knee. The cut wasn’t cleaned properly which caused an infection. She was rushed to North Manchester General Hospital where she spent the next four months, later being transferred to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for scans which revealed the infection from the cut had caused her aortic valve to leak.

Struggling to fight the infection, Abbi suffered severe reactions to the antibiotics that doctors tried. Eventually she was stabilised and moved to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where her parents were told that one day she would need surgery to repair the damage that had been done.

Last year, scans found another leak in Abbi’s heart, and she underwent open heart surgery to repair the damaged valve on 16 January 2017.

Thankfully Abbi, now seven, is recovering well at home, but will be on medication for the rest of her life and will require further operations on her heart in the future.

Mum Caroline and dad Dave, have since launched a campaign which had national coverage to raise awareness of the importance of basic first aid to make sure no child, or adult, ends up having to endure what Abbi has been through.

The family will once again this year raise funds to buy new toys for North Manchester General Hospital children’s ward where Abbi spent four months of her life. An 80’s disco charity night will be held on 29 April 2017 at Lightbowne Social Club on Kenyon Lane, which will be a fun filled event for all the family. Tickets are available on 07798550794.

Donations to help the campaign can be made via the family’s crowdfunding page. No matter how large or small, your donations will make a real difference to young patients, so please donate if you can.

To donate to The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s charity please contact the fundraising office at or ring 0161 908 4497.  Donations can support individual wards or departments or go towards a specific charity appeal.