Grate­ful brother leads hos­pi­tal fundraiser

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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

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