Sheffield woman gives up booze to raise cash for city hospital

Annie Miles with her aunt, Karen Miles
Annie Miles with her aunt, Karen Miles
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A woman whose niece lost an eye to cancer is to give up alcohol to raise money for the hospital which treated her.

Annie Miles, aged 10, was diagnosed with cancer as a newborn baby and had her eye removed at The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield as part of her treatment.

Her auntie, Karen Miles - a teacher at Hillsborough College - has ditched the booze for a month to say thank you to the city hospital for Annie’s care.

She has been sponsored to complete her challenge, which ends on June 26.

Karen’s dry month has been organised as part of The Children’s Hospital Charity’s ‘Make it Better Day’ aimed at raising cash to build a brand new wing at the hospital.

When Annie was born a simple photograph revealed that something was amiss with her right eye.

“One of her eyes had red eye and the other didn’t” said Karen, of Norton.

“Then when she had an eye test, they found there was something definitely wrong.

“At the time we didn’t know whether she would live, or whether the cancer had spread anywhere else. It was so horrible for my brother and his wife, and for Annie’s older sisters Sophie and Isabel. But the hospital staff were fantastic with the whole family. They saved her life, so we are incredibly grateful.”

Annie, a pupil at Norton Free Church of England primary school, has a prosthetic eye and is now cancer free.

Gemma Bower, community fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Karen is a brilliant supporter of our charity, and we are so grateful that she has chosen to thank the hospital in this way.

“Every penny raised will help bring world-class facilities to our already world-class hospital.”