Alder Hey are one of the UK's top children's hospitals, based in Liverpool and treating over 270,000 kids per year.
Last year our daughter Ellie was one of them. At just 6 months old, after returning from a family holiday. she suffered second degree burns to 12% of her body after pulling a hot water jug over herself at breakfast.
It's one of those moments that will be replayed in our minds forever. But thanks to the amazing staff at Alder Hey Burns Unit, Ellie is recovering very well and her scar is fading by the day.
From the moment we arrived at the hospital, with just our dirty washing from the holidays, to a week later when we left, the staff were fantastic and the care Ellie received was second to none. The aftercare we receive is of the same high standard and the staff are always keen to see how Ellie is progressing.
The special pods for burns patients are not available anywhere else. The humidity, temperature and lighting were all individual for each pod. It was like being in a rainforest. After a burn the skin looses moisture so quickly so this personalised atmosphere aided Ellie's healing. The room allowed for one parent to stay next to their child. The support provided for parents is also so important and can only be delivered by a team of staff that give a Sh**t, and they most definitely do! They put our minds at rest and reassured us that Ellie would be alright.
Thanks to technology such as ReCell which allowed Ellie to receive her own skins cells sprayed onto her burn (to avoid a full graft), her wounds recovered quickly and the long term scarring was reduced.
I would like to help other children at the hospital receive the same level of care that Ellie received, so I'm walking the Inca Trail in 2019 with a team from Skiddle, to raise over £32,000 for the hospital.
While the hospital is NHS funded, we know how tight funds can be, so there's often no funds available for some of the more breaking technology. Since starting this challenge we've seen VR models of babies hearts, helping make operations more successful with less risks. This technology is purely available from fundraising.
The trail itself is no walk in the park. Over 26 miles of walking, camping and no showers/toilets, at an altitude of 13,800ft, some serious training will be required. This will be even more of a personal challenge for me, being born with Congenital Hip Dysplasia, so I'll need to be on top shape for October 2019!
Any donations will be very gratefully received, thank you all x