Billy has Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis – a serious heart condition. By the age of 5, this brave little boy had been through two gruelling open heart surgeries, with one lasting 12 hours.
We raise funds to support little ones like Billy, their families and those who work tirelessly to care for them at their most vulnerable. Our Sponsored Walk on 10th Aug 2019 is just one of the ways hospital families like Billy’s support our cause.
Mum Carolyn tells us why our charity means so much to her family:
“Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity has helped bring little moments of joy to what has been a very distressing time for Billy and our family while in hospital.
“The night before Billy’s first surgery, we watched Cars 3 (one of Billy’s favourite films) at the hospital MediCinema. It was a surreal experience knowing what was to come the next day, but it was lovely to have a couple of hours within the hospital environment where we could just do something normal and enjoyable."
“When Billy left Intensive Care after his second surgery, we had a special visit from the beautiful Thera-pet dog Skye. This cheered Billy and I up so much and he was excited to tell friends and family a special 'doggie' had come to visit him in hospital."
"Billy loves all the games in the outpatient area and we love the X-Ray corridor with all the Gruffalo characters, as these are favourite books in our house.
The Teddy Hospital is also a fantastic facility and Billy has visited twice, both times the day before his surgeries. He loved being able to look after his special teddy ‘Mr Owl’ just like the doctors and nurses looked after him."
“Billy is now 5 and started school just 2 months after his 2nd surgery. He’s an absolute bundle of energy and we loved taking part in last year’s Sponsored Walk to give a little back in return for the amazing support we have received. That ‘little bit’ turned into over £2k and although emotional, we felt a great sense of achievement at the finish line knowing we’d raised funds for brave patients of the future.”