THE mother of Britain’s biggest five-year-old is showing her gratitude to Sheffield Children’s Hopital - where all three of her sons have been treated.
Mum-of-four Hayley Ives put herself forward because sons Jack, aged five, Joshua, two, and Gray, 16 months, are all treated at the hospital and she wanted to put her experiences to good use.
The 28-year-old, of Highcliffe Court, Rotherham, was elected by trust members.
Her son Jack hit the headlines earlier this year as Britain’s biggest five-year-old.
He is already 4ft 2ins tall - the height of a 10-year-old boy - and can’t stop growing because of a condition called Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which only severely affects a few hundred people in the world each year.
He also has to live with a host of other complications including an enlarged tongue, difficulty breathing and stomach problems which mean he is treated under several hospital departments.
Meanwhile Joshua, who struggles to put on weight, is under the care of the gastroenterology team and Gray is facing similar problems along with a condition with his thyroid which has left him on medication for life.
Hayley, who lives with husband Darren, 33, and also has daughter Abi, six, said: “My sons have all had problems and so I’ve spent a lot of time at the hospital - the specialists are fantastic and have given us great care.
“It’s very exciting to have been elected as a governor - I feel I’ve got lots of experience about the hospital because I’ve been there so often.
“I hope I can put my thoughts across from the patient perspective and help to advise the hospital directors of the Rotherham public’s views.”
Hayley was one of four new governors to be elected to the Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Alison Cross has become public governor for Doncaster and two new staff governors have taken on roles.
Lead governor Richard Newton said: “We’re delighted to have taken on four new governors who all have an excellent knowledge of the hospital and an interest in the NHS.
“Our governors are very important in representing the public’s voice to the hospital directors and it’s especially important now with all the changes happening in the NHS.”
n Visit sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/Council-of-Governors.htm to find out more about becoming a hospital governor or member.