‘Thank you’ charity ball raises £2,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH - Credit: Archant

A charity ball raised £2,500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) as a thank-you to the staff who cared for a Marshland High School teenager.

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH - Credit: Archant

Samantha Stapleton organised a darts marathon and ball at Walpole Highway Club to show her support for GOSH which helped her son Travis when he was diagnosed with a heart condition.

As well as live entertainment and food there was a raffle on the night to raise more money for the charity.

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH - Credit: Archant

Samantha, who is planning a similar event for next year, said: “In 2015 my eldest son Travis was diagnosed with narrowing of the aorta, the body’s largest artery.

“Without treatment there can be many complications with the most severe leading to heart failure.

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH - Credit: Archant


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“In October of that year the team at GOSH fitted a stent to widen the aorta and this was then further stretched during a procedure in 2017.

“At what was an incredibly anxious time for us as a family, the staff at GOSH provided us with the support we needed.

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH - Credit: Archant

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“From the team who organised our overnight accommodation to the nurses who made distracting our nervous son look effortless, I am so very grateful for the compassionate and committed care we received.

“Without the care provided by the hospital my son may have faced a very different future. As a family we are indebted to the team that works hard day in, day out, to provide the best possible outcomes for children and young people like Travis.”

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH - Credit: Archant

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH - Credit: Archant

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH - Credit: Archant

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH

Charity Ball in aid of GOSH - Credit: Archant

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