Little fundraiser taking steps to help other children at Sunderland Royal

11 July 2017

One of our charity’s youngest fundraisers completed the Great North Toddler Dash on Sunday 9th July. Eva Swinbanks (aged 2) was diagnosed with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip at 19 months and cared for by staff at Sunderland Royal Ward F63 in January this year.Eva’s mum Natalie was grateful for the care she received, and so decided to get involved by fundraising so they could help other children cared for at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Eva (aged 2) completing the Great North Toddler Dash

“We were so pleased with the care she received from all of the staff at the hospital. They were so good with her considering she was so small and scared and therefore not the easiest of patients. We have decided to do the Great North Toddler Dash on July 9th to raise money for the Paediatric department to say thank you for the excellent care she received.”

Natalie and Eva hope that the money they raise can go towards special equipment for those with conditions like Eva’s; Eva was able to use a special Spica table so that she could sit, eat and play safely while in her cast after her surgery. However they know that it will make a difference in whatever way the Paediatric team are able to use the money they raise.

Maria Lynn, Ward Manager for Ward F63, was delighted to hear that Eva was enjoying being on her feet.

She says: “It meant so much to myself and all the team here on F63 that Eva and Natalie are fundraising to help the boys and girls we’re looking after today. We are so happy to see Eva out enjoying her toddler years after leaving the hospital, and just want to thank her, her mum Natalie and everyone who supported them by cheering or donating – it really makes a difference.”