Ten-year-old girl funds new heart machine for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Cantley Primary School pupil, Emily Bubb, 9, who has had open heart surgery. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Cantley Primary School pupil, Emily Bubb, 9, who has had open heart surgery. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

A ten-year-old girl who raised more than £6,000 for a new heart machine for Great Ormond Street Hospital in just 10 months now wants to double the figure.

Emily Bubb presenting a cheque for almost £6,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital

Emily Bubb presenting a cheque for almost £6,000 to Great Ormond Street Hospital - Credit: Archant

Emily Bubb, from Strumpshaw, has been raising money for the hospital since she underwent a life saving heart operation there in 2013.

Her fundraising ambitions started after she raised £160 as a thank-you to the hospital by selling loom bands and by 2014 she had raised £1500 by selling gifts at craft fairs.

From there she caught the fund-raising bug and has since handed over a cheque for almost £6,000.

She has been a patient at GOSH since she was four-years-old for an hereditary heart condition, and after doctors discovered an artery was blocked, she underwent open heart surgery.


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After fully funding a new ECG machine, Emily now wants to help pay for new play equipment and staff at the hospital, and has set herself another target of £6,000.

'I am now on a new mission to raise as much as I can to help pay for play services,' she said. 'This will include play specialists and play workers, resources such as toys and equipment and weekend play worker cover.

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'These services are vital, not just for the children who are living there full time or who have major surgery, but it is also a godsend to the parents too, it is nice to see a friendly face who isn't talking in medical terms. They are a great distraction to help children cooperate when having medical procedures.'

The Cantley Primary School pupil has held a host of events to raise the money for the ECG machine including a family fun day and a school fete.

She will stage her next event as a Christmas Craft Fair on December 3 from 1pm to 4pm at Lingwood Village Hall.

Claire Bulman, Emily's mother, said she had been 'overwhelmed' at how quickly the money had been raised.

'I couldn't be more proud of my Emily, she gets such a positive reaction from people they just want to help,' she said.

'When we organise events and attend festivals she has reduced people to tears when she reveals her achievements. We were only meant to organise one event, but Emily raised such an amazing amount we just couldn't stop.

'I obviously help Emily, but she is the one who talks to managers of shops and business' asking for raffle prizes, she hand picks stall holders, draws out floor plans, organises the stall holders on the day, runs her own stall at festivals and events.

'I know I am biased, but Emily really is a special young lady.'

To donate to Emily visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emily-Bubb2.

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