Just like the real Tinkerbell, staff nurse Claire Chetter is hoping she can sprinkle some fairy dust and work some magic to help improve children’s lives.
The 26-year-old, who works at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, gave up one of her favourite past-times for Lent in order to raise money for a cause close to her heart.
Claire – who is known on the children’s ward as Tinkerbell, because she reminds people of the Peter Pan character – underwent a self-imposed camera ban in the run-up to Easter and did not take a single photo for 40 days. She has raised £615, smashing her £100 target, for the Harry Matthews Bowel Transplant Trust.
Claire, who lives in Leyland, said: “I love taking photos, I believe they create memories and I am well-known for being snap happy, so this was really difficult for me.
“Lots of people thought I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I managed it.
“It was for such a good cause, I was really determined.
“The Harry Matthew Bowel Transplant Trust supports children who are listed for small bowel transplantation and their families. People don’t tend to realise the impact bowel conditions can have on children and families, but it’s really hard and life-changing.
“So I hope my actions will also raise awareness. A bowel transplant can make a huge difference to their lives.
“I was inspired to do my fund-raising because of working on the children’s ward and seeing poorly children and their families.
“And because in my other role – I have an additional job as an agency nurse in the community – I look after a little girl called Poppy, who is currently on the transplant list at Kings Hospitals, London.”
Poppy, from Cleveleys, has a condition which causes intestinal failure and inflammation of her bowel.
“This means Poppy’s gut doesn’t work as it should – causing distention and vomiting and pain. Poppy’s such a lovely little girl and I love working with her and her family.
“I am really pleased and proud I achieved my goal to give up using my camera for Lent and raised money for the charity.”
To donate to Claire’s efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/claire-tinkerbell