Grateful brother leads hospital fundraiser
WHEN Joe Nel’s brother Ben was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, the family braced themselves for the worst.
But thanks to the skill and care of staff at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital, Ben’s treatment was successful and he was able to go home just in time for Christmas.
Joe, a Year 8 student at Formby High School, was so impressed by the way the hospital looked after the whole family that he decided he wanted to help other families to get the same treatment.
“It’s such an amazing place”, he enthused.
“The doctors were brilliant, the nurses were lovely and everyone was so comforting.
“The atmosphere is just not like a normal hospital – everything about it just helps families to feel better.”
So now Joe has put together a group of school friends to help fundraise for Alder Hey.
The hospital relies on donations to enable it to provide extra caring services and facilities, so the boys organised a collection in school, a penalty shoot-out, cake sale and raffle. They’ve been hard at work baking and are grateful to generous Chapel Lane traders for donating raffle prizes.
The response from fellow Formby High School pupils and staff has been tremendous, and so far they have already raised £356. Their next plans are for further fundraising efforts in Formby Village.
Joe (in the red t-shirt) with some of his fundraising friends