Arthur's story

Every week 2,512 children from Sheffield, like Arthur,need specialist care at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

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A youngster who had pioneering surgery while in the womb and needs regular surgery to help him breathe is fronting a fundraising campaign for the hospital that treats him.

Arthur Fountain, now 7, from Wortley, Sheffield, is the face of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Bake it Better Day, calling on families, colleagues, groups and individuals to get baking and raise some dough for Sheffield Children’s Hospital on June 29th.

Sheffield Children’s Hospital sees 204,817 children every year from Sheffield, with 260,000 children coming from all over the world each year for the hospital’s specialist treatment. Thurgoland Primary pupil, Arthur, is one of those children, after needing regular surgery on his windpipe to enable him to breathe.

“When I had my 20 week scan they noticed a growth in his throat” said mum, Michelle. “We knew when he was born he was going to need this surgery because the tumour was blocking his airway and crushing his vocal chords. He wouldn’t have been able to breathe.”

Doctors successfully inserted a tracheostomy in tiny baby Arthur while just his head and shoulders had been delivered by ceasarean section. The tracheostomy means he is able to breathe, but he needs round-the-clock care to ensure it doesn’t become blocked or stop working. He has since had twelve operations on his windpipe at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where doctors hope he will one day be able to breathe without the device.

“The tracheostomy means he can’t go swimming because he can’t get water in it because it is a direct line to his lungs” added Michelle. “He also can’t go for sleepovers or tea at his friends’ because I need to be with him at all times. Arthur is only 7, so it isn’t much of a problem now but it might be in future. But the consultants and staff at Sheffield Children’s Hospital have been fantastic with Arthur – we can’t thank them enough. That is why we want to back this fundraising campaign.”

On June 29th, The Children’s Hospital Charity wants people across the region and beyond to join them for a day of baking in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Every penny raised helps make it better for patients.

Cheryl Davidson, community fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We want as many budding bakers as possible to get whipped up into a baking frenzy and raise some dough for our hospital. Every penny raised will help us keep our amazing children’s hospital – one of only four in the UK – at the forefront of paediatric care. Whether you throw an afternoon tea party, a school bun sale, a workplace bake off or a kiddy cake smash – we want as many people as possible to join Bake it Better Day this June 29th!”

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How your money helps

£10 could help buy craft materials for an Artfelt workshop to provide distraction for difficult treatments.

£25 could help buy swimming aids to encourage children to participate in therapy sessions.

£50 could fund a ‘Buzzy Bee’ kit to help distract patients from painful injections.

£100 could help fund life-saving equipment to give children the best chance of a happy and healthy life.

Everything we fund is over and above the NHS provision. Our hospital is testament to the dedication of staff, the generosity of our donors and the courage of our children. We’ll never stop striving to make it better.