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Brave Ella says thank you to ‘brilliant’ hospital staff

Back left to right, paediatrician Felicitas Obeton, Ellas mum Louise Sansom and Ellas granny Ann Sansom, front left to right, nurses Lizzy Murphy, Meg Light and Helen Grundon with Ella and Dr Toby Lo

Back left to right, paediatrician Felicitas Obeton, Ellas mum Louise Sansom and Ellas granny Ann Sansom, front left to right, nurses Lizzy Murphy, Meg Light and Helen Grundon with Ella and Dr Toby Lo

The mother of a brave girl from Banbury has thanked staff at the Horton Hospital’s children’s ward by presenting them with a cheque for more than £2,000.

Louise Sansom held a fundraising fair in Bodicote on January 25 after her daughter Ella was diagnosed with leukaemia in December, a week before her third birthday.

The cash was handed over to staff at the hospital on Saturday.

Miss Sansom, who lives in Acacia Walk, said: “The fair was absolutely brilliant and the money will help support the ward because staff helped Ella get used to hospitals and were really helpful to me before she was diagnosed.

“I was completely in shock when I was told the news about Ella. No parent ever wants to lose their child but she is always brilliant whenever we are at the hospital.” Ella is now on a two-year course of treatment at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital. Medical staff take blood from her using a Hickman line, a thin tube used for medical procedures which is attached to Ella’s chest. More fundraising events have been planned for later this year with Miss Sansom looking to organise a bigger fair to support children’s charity CLIC Sargent.

She said: “The support of the Banbury public has been amazing. There were complete strangers who were giving us things to sell at the fair.”

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/ellamaylor

 

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