Brother and sister caring efforts for NHS staff
Caring youngsters Ella and Cameron Fisher have been bringing a ray of sunshine into the lives of NHS staff at the West Suffolk Hospital after making luxury goody bags.
They contain an array of items including soaps, snacks, water bottles, tea bags, notebooks, pens, chocolate treats, candles, cream tea vouchers, shower gel and hand cream.
And some of the bags even contained drawings by comedian Keith Lemon as he wanted to get involved after seeing what the pair were up to via their Instagram social networking site.
And Ella, who has just turned 13, and her 11-year-old brother, who live in King Edward VII Road, in Newmarket, have also had other celebrities and famous people backing them via their website including Davina McCall and Kym Marsh.
They initially set up the project after spotting the short supply of personal protection equipment for hospital workers.
Ella asked her father Scott, who owns H2O Scientic laboratory, in Snailwell, if they could donate some items from the business and gave safety visors and gloves to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.
But the youngsters wanted to do more as a thank you to the amazing NHS staff and decided to make and fill shoeboxes containing surprise gifts. They contacted businesses who gave them a host of items to the children and they set up a fund to purchase items after people asked if they could donate money.
Soon the shoeboxes were filled so they turned to creating the bags and so far 350 have been given out with three hospitals benefiting from their efforts … Addenbrooke’s, Newmarket and the West Suffolk, in Bury St Edmunds.
Amy Hatch, fundraising officer for the My WiSH Charity, which supports the work of the West Suffolk Hospital, said: “We were just blown away by fundraisers Ella and Cameron who have been busy making luxury goody bags for our wonderful staff.”
Ella, a pupil at the Newmarket Academy, and Cameron, who left Paddocks Primary School at the end of this term to link up with his sister at the Academy, are planning to continue donating the bags as they want to give to all the NHS staff involved in the Covid-19 pandemic including cleaners, porters, ambulance crews, X-ray and blood staff and all those who work on the frontline.
Their mother Emma said: “They said they wanted to support the NHS workers as a thank you and it just grew from there.
“The children are always looking for things to help raise money for charities and we have had a lot of dealings with the NHS and we are always grateful to them.”
She said Pride of Britain had mentioned Ella and Cameron’s efforts and added that she was immensely proud of her children.
Written by Russell Cook