Uncle of baby girl locked down in Sheffield Children’s Hospital for THREE MONTHS raises money for ‘amazing’ ward which saved her life after brain tumour

The uncle of a baby girl who is spending lockdown in Sheffield Children’s Hospital away from her siblings and grandparents is raising money for the ‘amazing’ ward which is looking after her.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

Father-of-two Nathan Owen-Brown, aged 29, will this August ride 103 miles with six friends around the Lincolnshire coastal towns near to where they live.

Nathan’s niece Soraya Owen-Brown, has been in Sheffield Children’s Hospital for the last 12 weeks after she was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged just nine months old.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

After initially being told by medics back home near Grimsby that she had nothing wrong with her, Soraya endured a mammoth 10-hour operation in February to remove 90 per cent of the tumour.

Soraya Owen-Brown.Soraya Owen-Brown.
Soraya Owen-Brown.

However, because her illness coincided with the coronavirus crisis, Soraya had been unable to see her siblings for months, while her mum Nikita and her partner isolate themselves from the rest of the family.

Nathan said: “She has just had her first birthday in hospital and the only way we can see her at the moment is Facetime. My mum and dad saw her on her birthday but that’s the first time in eight weeks.

“But she has coped with it so well and is always happy and smiling. I don’t think a lot of adults would have coped with it as well as she has.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

“In terms of the ride, I just put the feelers out to a close group of friends I have. We aren’t really proper cyclists but we just wanted to do something to help the amazing ward staff.”

Nathan Owen-Brown and the team that will be taking on the 100-mile ride in August.Nathan Owen-Brown and the team that will be taking on the 100-mile ride in August.
Nathan Owen-Brown and the team that will be taking on the 100-mile ride in August.

Nathan will be setting off on his ride on August 29, taking in the seaside resorts of Cleethorpes, Skegness and Mablethorpe before having fish and chips and a beer back home in Grimsby.

A friend of his has already completed a marathon to pay for Nikita’s travel costs to Sheffield, while the money raised from Nathan’s fund will go to the Children’s Hospital Charity’s Build a Better Future campaign, which hopes to provide a new cancer and leukemia ward for children like Soraya.