Grateful grandad’s fund-raising call

Eddie Ashton (on far left) with members of Claremont Conservative Club, with Nicci Hayes, Fundraising Officer for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund on the right

Eddie Ashton (on far left) with members of Claremont Conservative Club, with Nicci Hayes, Fundraising Officer for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund on the right

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A grateful grandad who has raised thousands of pounds for a charity which helped save his granddaughter’s life has today called on others to help boost his efforts.

Eddie Ashton, of Claremont Court, North Shore, has raised almost £10,000 for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund after staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital helped save his granddaughter Amelia’s life when she was a baby.

Amelia was born 12 weeks premature and both her lungs had collapsed, but after care from the neo-natal unit she recovered and is now going strong seven years later.

Mr Ashton, a member of Claremont Conservative Club, handed over a cheque for £2,047 to staff at the unit yesterday with funds raised from a variety of club activities.

He said: “Amelia’s still on medication but she’s doing really well now.

“If it wasn’t for the hospital she wouldn’t be here so we’re going to carry on and keep raising money. If people want to join in they can just give me a call.

“If we can help keep some babies alive that’s all we’re bothered about.”

Blue Skies is Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s charity, and raises funds for new hospital equipment.

Wendy Hall, a sister at the unit, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant and the money will go towards new equipment and updating old equipment.

“We’re really grateful to the people who do this for us.”

Anybody who wishes to help Eddie in his fund-raising efforts can contact him on 07823 287568.