March friends Sarah Richmond and Sherene Newton are organising an Abba Tribute night to say a heartfelt thank-you to iconic Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH).
The pair who became friends when their children were born are staging the event at the Doddington Village Hall on November 9 and are hoping local people will support the fundraiser.
Sarah explained: “We want to say thank-you to Great Ormond Street for the fantastic care given to Sherene’s daughter Florence, who was born with a hole in the heart. She underwent heart surgery when she was born and Sherene and her partner Gary are indebited to the hospital for the treatment Florence received.
“I was born with a congenital heart defect and had to have major heart surgery when I was just two days old. The hospital saved my life, and my parents Denise and Tony Purcell used to hold fundraising events. When I was born the hospital didn’t have family accommodation and the other fantastic facilities they have now. The survival rate was so poor that I wasn’t really expected to live.
“I still have to have treatment for my heart problems and I go to the GUCH Unit, which was set up to treat people like me who were treated at Great Ormond Street and have survived,” explained Sarah, who has two children Darcie (3) and Douglas (18 months), who was born on the same day as Florence.
Tickets for the Abba Tribute night, which starts at 7.30pm, are priced £21 and include raffle, disco and a fish and chip supper.