A big fundraising campaign for Sheffield Children’s Hospital will be staged tomorrow (Friday) - and Lesley Ford will show her support by taking part in a triathlon in the Peak District two days later.
For the hospital saved the life of her daughter, Emma, now one, when she contracted chicken pox at just two weeks.
Lesley, aged 36, of Dore, said: “When you bring a healthy new born home, as a family you are so happy and thankful. It quickly turned into a bit of a nightmare when she suddenly had to be rushed back into hospital.”
Emma, who had caught chicken pox from her brother, was given antiviral drugs and monitored for five days. “It was frightening because we were told that Emma could run the risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia or a swelling on the brain, but thankfully the doctors caught it in enough time.”
Hospital staff were “absolutely amazing”, and Lesley is showing her gratitude by raising money in the Hathersage triathlon, swimming, cycling and running, on Sunday. Already she has raised £3,000 in the last two Sheffield half marathons.
Tomorrow’s ‘Make It Better Day’, involving schools and businesses, is in aid of a £20m appeal to help redevelop part of the hospital.