A COUPLE have presented a cheque to Great Ormond Street Hospital to thank staff for trying to save their baby daughter.
Little Aliya Hill was just three months old when she passed away and parents Jamie and Stephanie Hill were very thankful for the care she received at both the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn and the London hospital.
The family were determined to raise money for GOSH and also for the Sick Children’s Trust, which provided accommodation for them so they could stay close to Aliya while she was in hospital. A race night was organised in July to help raise cash.
Jamie and Stephanie travelled to London on Thursday to present cheques to the two charities – the total raised at the race night and also from donations at Aliya’s funeral was £2,354.11.
“It was difficult to go back to the hospital,” Jamie and Stephanie said. “It was the first time we had been back since Aliya passed away and we saw a few familiar faces.”
Aliya was born at King’s Lynn Queen Elizabeth Hospital on January 21 weighing 4lbs 9oz and within days was diagnosed with an extremely rare heart problem called TAPVD as well as the equally rare Williams Syndrome which was diagnosed later on before her second operation.
As a result of the condition Aliya’s arteries failed to grow as she developed and sadly she passed away at home at just three months old in April.
There are a lot of thank-you’s from Aliya’s parents, including to everyone who supported and donated.
A special thanks goes out to Stephanie’s Nan Lily Bailey and her uncle Andrew Thorpe who organised the race night and auctions at Walton Highway Social Club. Also to Bloom and Wake for their generous donations.
And a massive thank you to Stephanie’s mum Alison Thorpe and her partner Gillian Plunkett and Jamie’s mum Michelle Marriott, for all their help and support. They also would like to thank their sisters, with a special mention for Stephanie’s sister Joanna Howlett who took care of their son Aidan, who is three.
“We can never repay them or thank them enough for everything they’ve done.”