Couple’s £13,000 for hospital appeal

Harry Leverton with parents Laura and Marcus
Harry Leverton with parents Laura and Marcus

A CHESTERFIELD couple have raised £13,000 at their annual black tie dinner for The Sick Children’s Trust.

Marcus and Laura Leverton have been key supporters of the charity since they used the Treetop House ‘Home from Home’ at Sheffield Children’s Hospital when their son, Harry was in intensive care.

The family stayed at Treetop House for 10 days in 2008 after Harry contracted three viral infections which led to him being incubated and put in a forced coma state.

Marcus said: “This is our third time we have hosted our fundraising event and each year the event is bigger and better, our guest list keeps increasing, as does the money we have raised.

“I like to do them every year to raise money for such a fantastic cause and with this year’s event it takes the total raised over from all three events to £31,634.97.”

The dinner was at Chesterfield FC’s B2net Stadium and featured entertainment from comedian Sean Collins, a raffle and an auction, with one lucky winner walking away with a diamond ring worth £1,250.

Marcus added: “This is such a wonderful charity which provides a much-needed service to families in dire situations.

“Part way to recovering, Harry had a major setback when his bowels perforated, leaving the doctors fighting to save his life.

“Five hours in surgery and a week or so later and he was running around like nothing had happened. He is one brave soldier.

“Laura and I could not have got through those 10 days without the support of The Sick Children’s Trust, which is why we want our money to go to the Branching Out Appeal.

“Just the thought that there may not have been any room for us at Treetop House and we couldn’t have stayed close by to Harry does not bear thinking about.

“I wouldn’t want any par-ent to have to suffer that situation.”

The Sick Children’s Trust’s £1.2m Branching Out Appeal aims to build a new ‘Home from Home’ at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Since Treetop House opened in 2001 there has been a gradual growth in specialist services offered at the hospital. A new accident assessment unit, increasing bed capacity from 140 to 200, will bring an even greater demand for family accommodation.

Two detached houses on the hospital site, currently used as office space, will be joined together to provide 11 family bedrooms, a communal kitchen/dining area, lounge, playroom and laundry rooms.

lA Ladies’ Night pampering evening at Sheffield United raised £1,615 to be split between the Branching Out Appeal and Treetop House.