Fri 26th May 2017
Angel is Living Life to the Full
As part of our celebration of #ChildrensHospiceWeek we would like to introduce you to one of our young patients. This is Angel and her big brother Celeb, read their story.
Angel Williams (8) from Stockton is a bundle of fun. Constantly on the go, it’s hard to keep up with her enthusiasm for everything she is doing. Looking at Angel you would never think she was a little girl who attends a children’s hospice as a patient.
Angel suffered a stroke at just 3 years of age and has a serious degenerative heart condition that has forced her to undergo several operations. Angel is now so poorly she is being assessed for a heart and lung transplant, if a match can be found.
Angel also suffers from severe allergies which make her extremely uncomfortable and yet, she is such a positive active little girl who has a huge sense of fun and who lives life to the full.
Angel attends day care at Butterwick House Hospice in Stockton on a regular basis.
Mum Ceri explains: “Although Angel looks like a normal little girl her health is a constant worry for me but I try not to let my worries show. Instead we concentrate on having fun and making lots of happy memories.”
“Angel has an older brother, Caleb, who is marvellous with Angel. He helps to take care of her and plays happily with her. However, because I have to focus much more on Angel’s needs Caleb can feel a bit left out, so Angel comes to Butterwick House for the day every couple of weeks to give me some quality time just with Caleb.”
“We know Angel will be expertly cared for and be very happily entertained by the Hospice care team who all love her to bits. The Hospice also provides special days out for Caleb too with their Sibling Support Group. Celeb can then go off for an exciting day out with other children like himself who have a brother or sister who attends the Hospice.”
“I know Butterwick is always there for me too, providing support and helping me to cope with every challenge I face. We all receive a lot of support from Butterwick House. As a family, we are very grateful to people who fundraise for this charity. Thousands of people we have never met have given their time and money to help families like ours who need the specialist support that Butterwick provides.”
“We just wanted those people to know how much we appreciate their support. Please continue to give what you can to ensure this amazing service is always there for families like us.”
Find out more about the services freely provided by Butterwick House Hospice to families like Angel's across Teesside, County Durham, Wearside and North Yorkshire here