THE FAMILY of a toddler suffering from Leukaemia have given something back to the hospital where she spends so much time.
Florence Brison – affectionately known as Flo by her family – was diagnosed with the blood cancer earlier this year and was immediately taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to start treatment, which she will not complete until 2016.
The three-year-old spent her ‘good days’ with her family enjoying the puzzles, books and toys in the playroom.
But noticing some of them were a little dated, Flo’s mum and a number of her Cubbington neighbours rallied around to hold a charity coffee morning to replace them.
Her mum Kim said: “It was devastating when Flo was diagnosed. We were only in hospital for two months and now we have to go in weekly. Some children are sadly in for much longer than us. It is so important to have this playroom facility for the children as they are too poorly to attend nursery, so it gives them a sense of normality.”
After telling neighbours on High View Road about her plan to raise money for the ward they clubbed together to bake cakes and host a coffee morning – raising nearly £400.
The family have spent the money on new games and some toys for the ward’s ‘gift cupboard’ – full of presents for when children have been exceptionally brave.
Kim said: “The children go through so much with injections, chemotheraphy and blood transfusions not to mention the side effects like hair loss and sickness.
“When Flo lost her hair they gave her a toy dog as a present which she thought was amazing. It is great to see your child smile when they have been through such a lot.”
And although they already have their hands full, the family are not slowing down their charity work.
Flo’s aunt – Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kelly Sibley – is taking on the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday October 19 to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Kelly said: “When we found out Flo had Leukaemia it was like a knife through our hearts, we were absolutely devastated.
“Run Team Flo is a team made up of our family and friends who have come together to raise funds and help fight this awful disease.”
Kelly has arranged with the charity that all funds raised go towards researching Leukaemia.
Visit www.justgiving.com/runteamflo to donate.