Young patients at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital will now benefit from the generosity of well-wishers who supported the recent Chloe’s Dream Appeal.
The family of the five-year-old girl, who has been bravely battling leukaemiam had an overwhelming response when they started a fundraising campaign that would enable Chloe’s dreams to come true by visiting Disneyworld.
More than £6,000 was donated which was more than enough for the family holiday to the resort in Florida, USA.
Chloe’s mother Michelle, then made the kind decision to use those excess funds to improve the experience of other young patients at the QEH, using the funds to purchase and donate toys, DVDs, cups, bowls, plates and fish tank equipment to the hospital’s Roxburgh Centre and Rudham Ward.
Michelle said: “We wanted to find a way of saying thank you and the toys help to create an extended home environment at the hospital so that the children can feel comfortable in a friendly atmosphere.”
Mandy French, health play specialist at the QEH said: “Some families may be worried about coming to the hospital, therefore we like to provide a calming and fun environment which helps both the patient and their families to feel less anxious about their visit.
“We would like to thank Mrs Chaplin and her family for the donation and we would also like to extend our thanks to Pondland in Wisbech for donating the fish tank.”
Chloe, of The Chase, Wisbech, started showing symptoms of the disease last summer when she began suffering from severe tiredness and virus-like symptoms with a high temperature.
She was taken to her GP, and after several tests, she was diagnosed with leukaemia at just four-years-old.
She started chemotherapy straightaway and had to have blood transfusions as she was so anaemic.
Chloe, who attends Peckover Primary School, Wisbech, is still receiving treatment at the QEH, but it is hoped she will be well enough to go to Disneyworld next year.