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Six year old boy raises money for hospital

Posted: 18 August 2016
Jodi–Ann Gayle, Communications Officer

Staff on Starfish ward at Watford Hospital received a treat last week, receiving gifts from a six year old boy and his mum.

Picture of six year old Billy Hughes with his mum and hopsital staff in a hospial wardBilly Hughes suffers from cystic fibrosis and is under the care of Watford Hospital’s children’s services. Billy visited the hospital on Tuesday (9 August) with his mum and older brother to donate gym equipment to the paediatric physiotherapy team.

Since his diagnosis, mum Nicky Hughes, Billy and friend Kayleigh Crotty (who became involved three years ago) host an annual event to raise money for West Herts and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. This year, the event was called ‘Billyfest’ and they managed to raise a whopping 4,000.

Dr Amanda Equi, consultant paediatrician, said: "Donations to children’s services, and in particular for cystic fibrosis patients, are vital as it helps us to deliver the best possible care to our patients. We have a cohort of 35 cystic fibrosis patients and some require admissions to hospital for two weeks each time for intensive treatment which includes intravenous antibiotics and physiotherapy several times a day.

"Exercise is also an important part of their treatment and so not only will this donated equipment be utilised on a daily basis, but it will help to make the exercise more enjoyable and bring some fun to what is a very long hospital admission. We are so grateful to Nicky for this very generous donation and we know that the children on the ward will be really happy with all the new equipment".

Nicky Hughes said: "We were delighted this year with our fundraising event ‘’Billyfest’. Since Billy was born we have held an event every year to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis. This year was a huge event for us. We organised a 12 hour event; it was tiring but Billy and everyone else appeared to have had lots of fun, which is what it was all about. Kayleigh Crotty and I organise these events, but without the support from family, friends and the public, these events would not be as successful as they are, so for that I would like to say thank you.

"We were delighted to be able to donate gym equipment to the hospital, as keeping active is a huge part of a person’s daily routine with cystic fibrosis. It was a pleasure to work with Swati Bhagat (physiotherapist) and the team to buy specific equipment that was needed. Next year we hope our event will be bigger and better".

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1. For more information, please contact Jodi–Ann Gayle, Communications Officer in the Trust’s communications department on telephone: 01923 436 280 or email: info@whht.nhs.uk. Out of hours, please call 07900 228 031.

2. West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute trust serving people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three sites at Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead hospitals and sees about 600,000 patients a year. We are one of the largest employers locally, with around 4,500 staff and volunteers.