Fundraiser was thank you by toddler’s family
ACHARITY event in the name of a toddler who has undergone lifesaving open heart surgery raised £1,400.
The fundraiser was held at The Bulls Head in Marple for Steven Bramhall, aged two, who has a serious heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which means that he was born with two holes in his heart and a duct that would not stay open.
The tot, who now lives with his family on Brindale Road, Brinnington, underwent surgery as a newborn to insert a tube to keep the duct open and pumping blood, but he suffered a cardiac arrest.
This, in turn, aggravated his appendix, so he then had to have surgery to remove the organ, and another to check for internal bleeding.
While little Steven was treated at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital, mum Jade Earp and her partner, baby Steven’s dad, Steven Bramhall stayed in the Ronald McDonald House nearby.
Ronald McDonald provides accommodation for families who need a place to stay while their children receive hospital treatment.
The fundraiser at The Bull’s Head on Market Street generated £1,400 to help other families like Jade, Steven, baby Steven and the couple’s other three children, Isla, Scarlett and Nicola.
Baby Steven will now have a personal plaque installed on the Ronald McDonald Tree of Life at Alder Hey, Liverpool, in honour of funds raised in excess of £1,000.
Jade, aged 26, said: “Ronald McDonald provide beds to stay in, a large kitchen area, dining area, living rooms, play rooms, outside play/sit areas, they do family meal nights, quiz nights, coffee mornings and provide help and a shoulder to cry on during a parent’s darkest time.”
Steven is now waiting for another heart operation, and Jade hopes he will be able to enjoy a happy Christmas at home, after last year’s festivities were derailed by a fire in their flat on Lancashire Hill, Stockport.
Jade said: The staff at The Bulls Head are friends of the family.
“They decided to do a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House because they saw how amazing they have been for us in our most traumatic times – we could not have been nearer to baby Steven during his times in ICU.
“I am extremely proud of the amount raised, because they went above and beyond to go past the target. They made it possible to give something back.”
●●Supporters at the fundraiser at the Bulls Head with tot Steven Bramhall