Daniel’s Story – Fundraising Ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity

*This is a sponsored post with Alder Hey Children’s Charity

Today I’m sharing Daniel’s story. A story of hope and courage from a child so young. His journey back to full health and subsequent fundraising for Alder Hey Children’s Charity has made this little boy inspiration to many.

Daniel's Story - Fundraising Ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity
Daniel’s Story – Fundraising Ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity

Every year Alder Hey cares for over 275,000 patients and their families. To increase funds and to give back, the charity has recently set up a running hub to run for charity, designed to support individuals who wish to undertake sporting events on behalf of the charity.

Every penny that’s raised for Alder Hey goes towards life-changing research and support for thousands of children and their families

Daniel’s Story

For the first few years of Daniel Bell’s life, he was like any other toddler, full of energy, happy and full of life at home in Ormskirk, but doctors soon discovered Daniel had a brain tumour the size of a fist.

At aged three, mum Rosalind and dad Colin had noticed a change in Daniel’s behaviour. He wasn’t the same happy go, lucky toddler, he used to be.

Daniel’s mum explains “His personality literally changed. He was grumpy had lots of tantrums, was sick and went back to sleeping in the day too, which was the total opposite of what he was previously.”

Some of the symptoms Daniel had were that of a brain tumour. He was taken to Ormskirk A&E who quickly realised the severity of the situation and was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Daniel was rushed to Alder Hey which is a centre of excellence for brain conditions. “It was like the bottom had fallen out of my world, our lives changed in a split second. We were told he needed to go to Alder Hey right away and we were blue-lighted to Liverpool,” says Rosalind.

Once at Alder Hey, Daniel was taken straight to theatre where Neurosurgeon Ms Sasha Burns drained fluid on his brain during a 3-hour life-saving operation. The next day Daniel’s tumour was removed during a 9-hour operation by Mr Conor Mallucci, who recently featured in BBC2 documentary Hospital.

“Mr Mallucci told us that Daniel had a cystic tumour which was the size of an adult’s fist and there was a possibility of Daniel losing motor and mobility skills as the result of the procedure,” explained Rosalind.

The operation was a success, helped by the use of Alder Hey’s 3-T MRI scanner, a pioneering scanner which allows surgeons to scan the brain in theatre. Alder Hey is the first hospital in Europe to have this kit, which was paid for by Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

“It was 6 pm when we heard that Daniel was out of theatre. We were approaching HDU to see him when we heard Daniel shouting at the nurses. I have to admit it was the best sound ever,” said Rosalind.

“Mr Mallucci said that the operation ‘went perfectly’ and that he had successfully managed to remove the whole of Daniel’s tumour. We spent 6 days on HDU to recover and then went to the neuro ward for a week. The nurses were incredible,” said Rosalind. When they got the scans from Oncology which told them that no further treatment was needed you can imagine it was a relief.

Daniel is now a healthy and very active little boy and also a budding actor. “Daniel is really happy. He is a cheeky little kid and he loves being with his friends. He has performed in Little Shop of Horrors with his local Performing Arts Club and he loves to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity.”

As a result of his fundraising, Daniel was named a Fundraising Ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity, which made everyone in the Bell family very proud. “I was really emotional when they told us that Daniel was to be an ambassador for the charity. It is an honour and a privilege,” said Rosalind. “Alder Hey is such an inspirational place full of amazing people. The staff put the children first often at the expense of their own time. It is impossible to put into words how world class they are at what they do. We are fortunate to have them on our doorsteps.”

If you are looking for help and advice on a running training plan, Alder Hey Children’s Charity has a range of running plans whatever your ability to get you started.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

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