Stockport Express

Brave teen’s charity birthday bash raises thousands for ward


A BRAVE teen has raised more than £ 5,000 for the hospital that supported her throughout her leukaemia battle.

Charlotte Jennings from Gatley returned to Ward 84 - the children’s cancer unit at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) - to hand over a cheque for £ 5421.79.

The big hearted youngster raised the sum by holding a special 13th birthday bash at the Hallmark Hotel in Handforth, attended by 160 wellwisher­s.

But instead of asking for birthday presents like any other teenage girl, Charlotte asked for donations the RMCH Charity .

And she also auctioned off special items including a football signed by the Manchester United squads and a signed photograph of boy band One Direction.

Kingsway School pupil Charlotte, who received a bone marrow transplant last July, said she was thrilled to have raised such an impressive amount for RMCH.

She said: “I was really proud to hand over a cheque from my fundraisin­g

“I want to thank everyone who has helped me in some way.

“I always say I want to be known for my fundraisin­g, not as the girl with cancer.

“Planning my party was so much fun and I can’t wait to start my next fundraisin­g.”

RMCH community fundraisin­g manager, Angela Rowe, says Charlotte’s generosity and energy continues to inspire everyone at the hospital.

She said: “Charlotte is such a remarkable young lady and she never fails to amaze the team with her enthusiasm and positivity.

“She is a true inspiratio­n to us all. The party was such a special evening for her.

“Asking for donations instead of presents really does show what a kind-hearted and selfless person she is.”

Charlotte was determined to improve facilities at the hospital after being forced to spend two months in isolation last year when chemothera­py treatment effectivel­y ‘ wiped out’ her immune system

Her room only had a small television set, which was pay-per-view after 7pm, and no wi- fi connection, leaving her cut off from pals and social media.

Funds raised from Charlotte’s party have gone towards the enhancemen­t of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit (BMTU) at the hospital.

Charlotte Jennings presents the cheque to RMCH community fundraisin­g manager, Angela Rowe, at the hospital’s bone marrow transplant unit

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