Colkirk-based Ellie’s Love helps build new playground at Norfolk children’s hospital

Elaine and Nick Loades, with a picture of Ellie.

Elaine and Nick Loades, with a picture of Ellie. - Credit: IAN BURT

A charity set up to support people with cystic fibrosis, has raised £7,000 towards a new playground at a children's hospital.

Ellie's Love was set up in memory of Ellie Loades, from Colkirk, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis shortly after birth and died aged 16 in November 2013. Ellie required a number of stays on Buxton Ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

After her death, Ellie's parents Nick and Elaine decided to set up the charity in her memory and have purchased a whole range of equipment and items which benefit cystic fibrosis patients at NNUH.

The charity has also supported the Jenny Lind Children's Hospital Playground appeal.

Emma Dolman, matron of the Jenny Lind Children's Hospital at NNUH said: 'The support we have received from Ellie's Love has been tremendous.

'We are very grateful to Nick and Elaine for all their efforts which are making a real difference to our young patients.'

Mr and Mrs Loades want to thank everyone for their support with fundraising, particularly young patient Alison Cromarty who raised £845 through events and bucket collections.

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Mr Loades said: 'The whole community has been behind us and everyone wants to see the funds benefit a local cause. The hospital helped us so much throughout Ellie's life, it's comforting to be able to give something back.'

Louise Cook, fundraising manager at the hospital, said: 'We are delighted with this generous donation which will benefit many local families using the hospital services.'