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Hats off to Katie and Wembrook Primary School supporting children with respiratory illnesses

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Hats off to Katie


Local girl Katie Banks, who has suffered from a chronic chest condition has helped to raise over £4300 to help local children with respiratory problems.

Dr Hesham Abdalla, Lead Paediatrician at the George Eliot Hospital, visited Wembrook Primary School last week to accept another kind donation of £900 from Katie and her dedicated mum. The money was raised from a themed non-uniform day at Wembrook Primary School where children and staff wore hats. This donation will help the Hospital to purchase a specialist machine that measures the severity of a child’s asthma and help to guide the right treatments.

Katie has had to spend weeks in hospital at a time and take a host of medication and inhalers. With the help of the George Eliot Paediatric team however, she now only has to visit hospital for a few minutes at a time which means she now misses less time at school and has more time to spend with her family.

She and her mother Claire wanted to thank the hospital for its support and also help others like her in the future.

The dedicated family has helped to raise the awareness of these conditions in the community.  The fundraising and support from the George Eliot Paediatric team has also helped to recruit a specialist team to go into schools to provide guidance to staff about the risks, treatment and simple actions that can be taken to help children like Katie.

In addition to the Hat's Off day, Katie and her family have held a craft fair, a sponsored swim and a stationary cycle ride, cycling the distance to Paris, at the Pingles Leisure Centre. She also engaged her GP, Dr Johnson at Red Roofs surgery, who has raised several hundred pounds for the cause.

Lead Paediatric consultant, Dr Hesham Abdalla said: "Katie is a very brave and inspirational girl who has helped to raise over £4,300 to date.” 

"On behalf of the George Eliot I would like to thank Katie and her family for inspiring others to raise money to support this very important cause."

"I would also like to thank everyone at Wembrook Primary School for giving very generously at this fun event to raise funds for the George Eliot.

Asthma affects more than give million people in the UK and an understanding of this condition within schools and in the community can help to save lives.

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