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Nine-year-old Lyla carries out a sponsored silence in aid of the neonatal ward

Lyla WhitemanYoung Lyla Whiteman had only one thing on her mind.

She wanted to raise money for the hospital ward who treated her just after she was born.

So the nine-year-old, from Wooditton, near Newmarket, decided to hold a sponsored silence.

And her efforts raised £110.50 for the My WiSH Charity with the money going to the neonatal ward at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

According to her mother Rachel, a school cook at Laureate Community Academy and Nursery, in Exning Road, Newmarket, it was not the easiest of tasks for the forthright youngster.

“It was really, really hard for her and much harder than she thought it would be,” she said.

The fundraising was carried out during the half term holiday and she managed to get sponsorship from family and friends and went round her village on her silence day to collect further funds.

“She took flash cards round with her and knocked on people’s doors in the village and not a lot of people said ‘No’. She had written out her story about the treatment she received on the neonatal ward “

Lyla was born on May 14, 2009, 10 days later than expected and developed an infection.

Twenty four hours after her birth she had not cried or eaten anything and was put on antibiotics for five days.

“She was not seriously ill but she was quite poorly,” said her mother.

“But she just wanted to raise money for the ward to say thank you and we just got behind her and helped her out.

“I could not be more proud of her … proud to bits really. She’s always coming up with ideas and I’m sure she’s going to be a little entrepreneur.”

Sue Smith, fundraising manager said “It is always wonderful to hear about our young fundraisers and we can’t thank Lyla enough for supporting the neonatal unit. Her money really will make a difference”.


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