McKenzie's story

Every week 139 children from Doncaster, like McKenzie, need specialist care at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

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Young McKenzie has been treated at Sheffield Children’s Hospital since he was five months old.

The four-year-old from Doncaster was rushed to the hospital after he went blue, where doctor’s diagnosed him with sleep apnea and tracheomalacia – a condition that causes him to regularly stop breathing.

Mum, Fiona, said: “It was Sheffield Children’s that saved his life. He had to be monitored at all times in case he stopped breathing. Everyone who would look after him had to be trained in CPR just in case. We had to use that training several times, which was terrifying. At one point he stopped breathing every night, and we would have to do chest massage or sometimes do CPR. Then we would have to bring him in to hospital to check he was ok.

“When McKenzie was seven months old he had an operation to help with his breathing, which has made a huge difference. We owe the hospital everything.”

McKenzie is one of the patients who is joining The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Bake it Better Day 2017 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.