Parents holding Dambuster fundraiser for Epsom Hospital ward that saved son's life

This Is Local London: Fiona and Edward Butler with their son Ollie Fiona and Edward Butler with their son Ollie

A couple who described their son’s life-saving care at Epsom Hospital as ‘incredible’ are hosting a sparkling fund-raising evening to buy equipment for its children's ward.

In December last year Edward and Fiona Butler, of South Tadworth Farm Close, Tadworth, rushed their son, Ollie, to the Casey Children’s Ward when he was just four weeks old with a suspected urine infection.

It was discovered that Ollie had conjoined kidneys and he had to spend a total of 10 days with his mother in a cubicle on the ward for treatment.

He is now doing well but continues to attend the hospital for regular check-ups.

The couple are saying thank you to the hospital by hosting a Dambusters-themed evening which they hope will raise more than £2,500 for a state of the art bed and electronic cot for the cubicle.

Mr Butler said: "The beds they both had to sleep in during the 10 days he was hospitalized were cramped and totally out of date for a modern hospital.

"We’re hoping this money will buy a new electronic cot and stretch to a new adult bed too."

Mr Butler praised the support and continuing care from the staff on the children’s ward.

He said: "The staff on the ward were amazing, the care Ollie received was incredible and we are delighted to have a table of some of the hospital staff attending the evening.

"Ollie’s not had the best start to life but we’re told he should live a perfectly normal and healthy life."

The event falls on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Dambusters raids on May 17, and is being held at Burhill Golf Club, which was the location Barnes Wallis drew up his plans for the revolutionary bouncing bomb used to attack the Mohne Dam during the Second World War.

The club also occupies a special place in the couple’s hearts as they celebrated their wedding in 2011 there.

The evening will begin with a Champagne reception at 7.30pm and includes a dinner and charity auction, an expert talk from renowned Dambusters historian, Charles Foster, and it will be rounded off with a vintage 1940s dance in the ballroom.

Mr Butler said they had invited local business owners, ‘networking individuals’ and people from the community.

The Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Councilor Christine Long will be attending the evening, as one of her last public engagements as mayor, along with the event’s sponsors, the owners of Epsom and Ewell Taxis.

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