Tilly Hopps and her family came to Acorn Ward on Tuesday 30 October to celebrate a very important milestone.
Four year old Tilly was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis, a rare form of cancer, and has been having treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Whipps Cross Hospital. However, Tilly got to ring a very special bell on our Acorn Ward to celebrate the end of her treatment.
Tilly’s family have raised an amazing £10,000 for Barts Charity to say a big thank you to the staff who have supported them this year. Tilly’s mum Jenny said she was so grateful for everyone on Acorn Ward, especially as Tilly was able to receive treatment at Whipps Cross which is closer to their family home. “Great Ormond Street is a world class hospital and as such we have received world class treatment for which we are so grateful, but we feel that it is important to also sing the praises of Whipps Cross and other local units which offer families such as ours the chance to receive treatment close to home. The level of care, professionalism and support we have received has been right up there with GOSH.”
“Tilly has been receiving treatment for a year - chemotherapy and steroid treatment. The team here have been phenomenal, not just administering the medicine but caring for us as a family. This was a chance to give back a little bit and we’re thrilled with the amount we’ve raised.”
The funds will be used to make improvements to Acorn Ward’s facilities, such as transforming an unused room into a relaxing cubicle for children who are having chemotherapy and blood transfusions. Whipps Cross Consultant Paediatrician Andrea Leigh is leading the project; “We’re so grateful to Tilly’s family for raising such an astounding amount of money to transform an unused space into a comfortable treatment area so that children receive treatment in an appropriate environment.”
Tilly enjoyed a lovely party with family, friends and staff on Acorn Ward. A big thank you to all the amazing staff for organising this very special party.
If you’d like to find more about Tilly’s journey and would like to donate to this fantastic cause please click here.