Lichfield family hoping to raise money to say thank you to staff treating son’s Leukaemia at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

A Lichfield family will look to add to the £23,500 they’ve already raised for Birmingham Children’s Hospital to say thank you for their son’s Leukaemia treatment.

The Chatting family – mum Lucy, dad Matthew and children Monica and Carter – are taking part in The Big Bandage.

The Chatting family getting ready to raise money as part of The Big Bandage

The Chatting family getting ready to raise money as part of The Big Bandage

The initiative has raised more than £150,000 since it launched in 2013 and has seen thousands of people bandaged up in aid of the hospital.

The Chatting family decided to give something back after Carter received treatment after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in January.

The four-year-old now faces three years of chemotheraphy so his family say they are determined to raise money to say thanks to the staff on Ward 15.

They have already encouraged four schools, two nurseries and several companies to don quirky hats to raise money.

But the family will swap bonnets for bandages for the next phase of their fundraising, with a themed music concert at Lichfield Cathedral School.

“Spending time at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and seeing all of the brave children, including Carter himself, really made us want to do something positive to help make their troubles a little easier,” she said.

“Carter’s just finished a six-month course of chemotherapy to treat his Leukaemia and he now faces a further three years of treatment. But while his prognosis so far is good, the worry never goes away.

“We will certainly be making the most of life as much as we can over the next few years and if our fundraising can help to improve the lives of the many poorly patients on Ward 15, we will be incredibly proud and honoured.”

For the first time, the The Big Bandage in 2016 will allow supporters to choose the ward, service or department their money goes to.

Miranda Williams, from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to the Chatting family for raising such an amazing amount for our hospital and we are delighted to have their support for our favourite fundraiser, The Big Bandage.

“We would love everyone else to bandage up for this year’s event, make a donation and maybe even organise their very own bandage-themed activities, just like the Chatting family, to make a big difference to the brave patients treated at our hospital.

“Whether you wrap your arm, your leg, your boss or your teacher, please join us from now until July 8 and make a big difference with your Big Bandage to the brave patients treated at our hospital.”

for more details visit www.bch.org.uk/bigbandage. People can donate by texting BANDAGE to 70099 to donate £2 or by visiting Carter’s JustGiving page.

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