Collaboration with Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
It’s odd in a way. I very rarely include my own children in my blog posts or across social media and yet I feel compelled to share the stories of others and raise awareness for some fantastic charities across the country. Strangely this is the first time that I’ve shared anything child related but Alfie’s story grabbed me because as a parent I know the struggles of having small children with asthma and other illnesses.
My two were both in and out of hospital during the first few years of their lives. Diagnosed with asthma as infants, they were never far from an inhaler. Constant chest infections, occasional oxygen tubes and several hospital trips mean that we are clued up a little on the perils of poorly children and can totally understand the frustration. Lucy and Conor have both grown out of their asthma and chest problems and thankfully seem fit and well these days.
That isn’t always the case though and this is why I thought it was important to share Alfie’s story with you all today. Asthma affects the airways and it is still relatively unclear what the cause of this illness is. The most common symptoms are wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Symptoms also range in severity which is why it can be difficult to diagnose sometimes.
Alfie has recently begun a study at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital into ways to tackle the condition. At just 10 years old he has suffered with severe asthma since birth. Alfie endures permanent steroids to manage the condition which can be triggered from pets right through to freshly cut grass. As well as asthma Alfie is also on the autistic spectrum which means that due to a reflux condition he has to be tube fed.
Despite this Alfie is chatty and very clever and hopes to be able to keep up with his little brother Adam in the near future with the help of this research and studies.
According to research, on average there are three children with asthma in every classroom in the UK. It seems that people are uneducated on the severity of asthma and underestimate the seriousness of the condition. Which is why the research and studies that Alder Hey are carrying out hope to bring new ways of helping those that suffer with asthma.
Alder Hey children’s charity helps to raise vital funds to help make Alder Hey a world class hospital for the 275,000 patients and families that come through the doors each year. A staggering £22m has been raised since 2013 to obtain life saving medical equipment and provide top class facilities that make a huge difference to families lives.
Their ambition is to improve children’s health with the next generation of medicines and interventions that are much safer and more effective then existing treatments. This is why it is so important to raise awareness for the charity and help to raise important funds that can really make a difference to children’s quality of life.
I’ll appeal to those that have children, nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters. With so many ways to raise these oh so important funds there is definitely something that everyone can get involved in. Be it a sponsored walk, a bake sale or simply donating via the charities website. It would be amazing if you could get involved and spread the word.
And also good luck to Alfie.