Fundraiser was thank you by toddler’s fam­ily

Stockport Express - - News - BY EMMA CURRY emma.curry@reach­plc.com @em­malouise­curry

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

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