A SCHOOLGIRL who suffers severe eczema has set herself a walking challenge to raise cash for the hospital which has treated her for the condition since she was a baby.
Ellie Kennedy will walk this Sunday from the Wicker in Sheffield city centre to Meadowhall, collecting sponsorship which will be donated to the dermatology ward of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
The seven-year-old wanted to do something to say thank you for the treatment she has received there for her severe eczema, which she has lived with since she was six months old.
Ellie, who also suffers a host of other allergies including asthma, will be joined on the day by dad Mark, mum Natalie Richards, little sister Amy, five, cousin Rebecca Thompson, and other members of her family.
Natalie, from Shirecliffe, said: “We’re very proud of her for deciding to do this and for wanting to raise money to give something back.
“She suffers really badly with eczema – she often ends up in hospital on IV antibiotics because of various infections – and she’s been treated by the staff there pretty much all her life.
“We’re really pleased the money she raises can go directly to the department where she has received so much help over the years.
“She’s an amazing little girl and just wants to do something to help others like her.”
The 28-year-old, also mum to Abbie, two, added: “She’s really excited about the day and has been telling all her friends all about it!”
Visit www.justgiving.com/ellie-kennedy to sponsor her.