Like many, if not most, parents in Sheffield, my children have been treated at the Children's Hospital. Most importantly, I know, from personal experience, what it is like to have a very poorly child – I understand the anguish, the fear and the sheer sense of helplessness that some parents are going through today and every day. Unfortunately, my daughter, Kirsty, could not be treated in Sheffield and had to go to Leeds so I also understand what it is like when you need to be with your sick child but your other children have to be left at home with family and friends. Sadly my daughter did not survive, but my experience made me determined to do whatever I could to help every sick child receive the best treatment that is available - and to support every parent whose child is ill.
My husband and I are passionate about giving something back to our community. So when the concept of the Children's Champions was pitched to us in 2014, the decision to become founder members was, for us, a 'no-brainer'. My ambition, as Chair of the Children's Champions, is to find more Champions so that we can double our annual donation and help to save even more young lives. Without the support of philanthropic individuals, we would not be able to to fund life saving medical equipment. It really is the gift of life.