Fleetwood school girl raises money for Blackpool Victoria Hospital's neonatal unit after brothers' care

A charitable young girl has raised £513 for Blackpool Vic's neonatal unit to thank staff there for caring for her two brothers after their births.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 3:45 pm

Eva Brooks, 10, of Dronsfield Road, took inspiration from her dad Stephen who has raised money for various causes over the years.

Eva, a pupil at St Wulstan's and St Edmund's Catholic primary school in Fleetwood decided to raffle a hamper to raise money for Blackpool Vic's neonatal unit, which cared for her brothers Archie, seven, and Gabriel, two.

Mum Sarah, a teacher at St Wulstan's and St Edmund's, said: "Both of Eva's brothers received care in the neonatal unit after they were born.

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Eva Brooks with her brothers Archie and Gabriel. Photo: Sarah Brooks

"Archie was in there for nearly two weeks, he had fluid on his lungs when he was born and suffered with a pneumothorax, a collapsed lung.

"Gabriel also had fluid on his lungs, but luckily he didn't need to spend as long in neonatal.

"Eva wanted to raise money for something and it was her idea to donate to the neonatal unit - so we raffled off a hamper on Facebook.

"One of her friends won it, it was full of Easter eggs so their family decided to take all the chocolate to the children's ward at the Vic as well which was lovely.

"Eva was really shocked she'd raised so much - we're really proud of her."

Joanna Allitt, community fundraiser at Blue Skies said: “We’re so proud of Eva and the fantastic fundraising she’s done for the neonatal unit.

"It’s really inspiring to see young people come up with their own ideas to raise money and give back to their local hospital.

"If anyone else would like to get involved with our Young Fundraisers scheme, please get in touch with us on 01253 952502."