Rotherham youngster aims to Make it Better for Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Eshani Gurung, with mum Jan, has raised more than �700 for Sheffield Children's Hospital.
Eshani Gurung, with mum Jan, has raised more than �700 for Sheffield Children's Hospital.
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A Rotherham youngster has been putting her best foot forward to thank the Sheffield Children’s Hospital staff who cared for her.

Five-year-old Eshani Gurung has raised more than £700 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital after receiving treatment there when she became ill in January 2012.

Eshani was transferred to the hospital after her parents, Jan and Dev, became concerned about her high temperature and vomiting.

Jan said: “I knew there was something wrong with Eshani because she was in so much pain, so I took her to see our doctor.

“We were referred to the hospital and from the second we arrived the team couldn’t have done more for us.”

Doctors discovered a 2cm abscess on Eshani’s appendix.

She was given antibiotics through a drip for a week while staying on the ward.

Jan said: “With the help of the drugs, Eshani’s body began to fight the infection which had caused the abscess.

“Because Eshani was so little and her immunity was low, it would have been too dangerous for the doctors to remove the abscess until she was feeling better.

“Eshani was really ill – there was a high chance her appendix could have burst and caused blood poisoning which can be fatal.”

Eshani was able to recover and build up her immunity at her home in Herringthorpe, before returning to the hospital for surgery to remove her appendix.

Since her treatment, Eshani has made it her mission to raise much-needed funds for The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make It Better appeal, which aims to raise £10 million by 2016 to help transform the hospital.

For Make it Better Day last year, the family helped raise funds through their catering company, The Hungry Buddha, specialising in Nepalese food.

Dev ran special taster sessions at Eshani’s nursery, Granby House in Wickersley, where all the children got involved with fundraising activities.

David Vernon-Edwards, charity director, said: “It’s fantastic to see families like Eshani’s come together to help support the charity.

“We need to raise £7m to reach our £10m target.

“We’re therefore inviting everyone to get involved with this year’s Make it Better Day on Friday, June 27, to raise as much money as possible for the appeal in 24 hours.”

The Star has committed to raising £25,000 as part of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s Make it Better appeal to fund a new single-occupancy room for poorly children – but we need your help. To donate directly to the appeal, text STAR31 followed by either £1, £2, £4, £5 or £10, depending on the amount you wish to donate, such as STAR31 £5, to 70070.

Alternatively, visit The Star’s Just Giving page to donate.