Family doing Walk for Wards to say thanks for looking after premature twins

Family doing Walk for Wards to say thanks for looking after premature twins

Published by Jack Deery at 7:00am 28th June 2020.

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Twin girls, Blossom and Tilly, were born at 29 weeks and spent a while after in Salisbury District Hospital.

So to say thanks for the support they have received from the children's ward, mum Eli Hodson and her family are taking part in Walk for Wards. 

Blossom stayed in Salisbury NICU for 10 weeks, while Tilly needed extra help for kidney failure

The family are going to be walking from their home in Warminster for at least 5km, to raise money for the Stars Appeal. 

Eli said: 

"The parents’ accommodation was a massive help during those weeks as we could use it as a base. It was somewhere I could spend some time with my eldest son Max, just to watch TV or have a cuddle. The girls were under Sarum Ward’s care for 3 years, and Tilly still sees them regularly for her kidney issues.

We will always be so grateful for the wonderful care we received, and have vowed to take part in Walk for Wards every single year!"

The Martin and Hodson families dressed in rainbow colours for Walk for Wards 2019
The family were dressed in rainbow colours for last years event

WE ARE LUCKY

The help the family has received from Salisbury District Hospital doesn't end there either.

Eli's little brother Finn was diagnosed with childhood leukaemia when he was 3 years old, and needed chemotherapy. 

Eli's mum Debbie said: 

"Just a few weeks after Blossom and Tilly were born, my son Finn was diagnosed with childhood leukaemia when he was only 3 years old. 

Sarum Ward have supported us throughout his three and a half years of intensive chemotherapy treatment. Thanks to them, Finn learned to walk again after his treatment and they continue to keep a very close eye on him now. 

We will always, always be eternally grateful."

Finn Martin learned to walk after leukaemia treatment thanks to Salisbury Hospital chidlren's unit
Finn was diagnosed with childhood leukaemia when he was 3 years old

The family are also going to be doing the challenge in costumes as part of their fundraising!

Debbie added

"We will be walking in fancy dress, with the children as superheroes. We will take a picnic, including a bottle of wine to have a drink at the top to celebrate how lucky we truly are."

You can donate to Eli and Debbie's fundraising page by visiting justgiving.com/fundraising.

Walk for Wards takes place on Sunday 5th July, with people being encouraged to do the challenge from home as they are unable to do it in a big group.

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