Cheque out Lucy

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - Sean O’Neil

A seven- year- old girl helped raise over £ 3200 for a chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal af­ter un­der­go­ing a ma­jor op­er­a­tion.

Lucy Far­rell, from Ar­madale, raised £3220 for the Royal Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Ed­in­burgh af­ter she re­cov­ered from surgery for burst ap­pendix.

Vicki Spald­ing, Lucy’s mum, said: “Lucy was rushed into the Sick Kids hos­pi­tal with sus­pected burst ap­pendix. Her op­er­a­tion was a gru­elling one as her ap­pendix had burst.

“Lucy’s op­er­a­tion took a cou­ple of hours and she was off school for a month try­ing to re­cover.”

Lucy has made a full re­cov­ery from her op­er­a­tion and only has three key­hole surgery marks to show for her or­deal but Vicki, and Lucy’s dad Stu­art Far­rell, said the treat­ment Lucy re­ceived at the hos­pi­tal was out­stand­ing.

Vicki said: “Me and Lucy’s dad thought the care she got was amaz­ing so we de­cided to try and raise some money.

“She’s made a full re­cov­ery but at the time she couldn’t stand up or move. But the staff were amaz­ing, they made sure she was al­right and they made sure we were al­right as well as you’re just in shock.”

Fol­low­ing Lucy’s op­er­a­tion a num­ber of events were held by friends and fam­ily to help raise money for the Sick Kids Hos­pi­tal.

Vicki raised £ 1300 with a day at her work at Arnold Clarke in Ar­madale where they had a Soak the Man­ager, bake sale and tombola.

Arnold Clarke then matched the first £1000 that Vicki had raised.

Vicki, Lucy and friends then held a char­ity bike ride to raise funds while Lucy’s great-aunt walked the Queens­ferry Bridge open­ing and fam­ily friend Jackie raised money by do­ing a spon­sored lose a stone in a month.

Giv­ing back Lucy pre­sented the cheque to the hos­pi­tal af­ter she was treated there

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