THE parents of a little girl who beat liver cancer have thrown their weight behind a campaign to provide accommodation for families with children being treated at hospital in Sheffield.
Ellie Greenwood was just 12 weeks old when she was diagnosed with heptoblastoma, a rare form of the disease, in May 2005.
The Rotherham schoolgirl, now aged seven, was transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where she began four months of intensive chemotherapy.
During this time, Ellie’s mum Tracy and dad Antony stayed at the city’s Treetop House, provided by the Sick Children’s Trust.
The pair also stayed in Leeds’ Eckersley House, also provided by the trust, when their daughter underwent life-saving liver transplant surgery.
The accommodation meant that Mrs Greenwood, 38, from Kimberworth, Rotherham could keep a vigil at her daughter’s bedside when she needed her most.
Ellie made a full recovery and now her parents hope to help other families in their position by backing a bid to raise £1.2m for a new home at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Mrs Greenwood said: “Treetop House was a huge relief.
“During her treatment I was able to be at the hospital 24/7 but also meant I had somewhere to come back to after a long day on the ward and have meals and a good night’s sleep.
“When Ellie was taking a break from the chemotherapy treatment she was able to come to the house and be surrounded by a normal environment with comfy sofas and beds, a play room, other families - something that resembled a real homely place which was as a new mum, something I missed immensely.
“Eckersley House was so helpful for us as a family as our home is in Rotherham and quite some way away from the hospital.
“I can’t imagine the financial implications we would have faced with the charity’s support.”
Last year, waiting lists for Treetop House exceeded 800 people. The Sick Children’s Trust has launched fundraising drive Branching Out to build more accommodation.
n Visit www.sickchildrenstrust.org to donate.