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Family of rare cancer victim Adam Bird donate money to Epsom Hospital
Donations in memory of a boy whose cancer battle captured the community’s heart will now help other sick youngsters at Epsom Hospital.
Adam Bird, 9, from Epsom, died at home on July 11, despite receiving pioneering treatment for a rare and aggressive childhood cancer, neuroblastoma, which was diagnosed in 2009.
His family launched Adam’s Appeal and the public donated £400,000 to fund treatment for him abroad because it was not available in the UK.
Adam’s parents, Nick and Alison Bird presented a cheque for £3,266 to Epsom Hospital on Wednesday, October 16, where Adam was cared for, in the presence of its chief executive Matthew Hopkins, joint medical director Dr Ruth Charlton, and the community nurses who were part of the team which looked after Adam - Tara Parker, Sinead Summers and Shelley Darling.
Mr Bird said family and friends wanted to be able to give something back to the hospital that, despite his illness, Adam liked visiting.
He added that small gestures by the nurses, such as making up an extra bed for Adam in the nursery so he did not have to be transferred to another hospital, made things that much easier for the family.
The donation has helped the hospital to buy comfortable ward chairs for tired parents and a lightweight, portable pulse oximeter monitor which enables nurses to record a child’s heart rate and oxygen levels at home so young patients do not have to come into hospital. The data can then be taken into hospital to be downloaded.
Speaking to Mr and Mrs Bird, cancer consultant Dr Stephanie Kirk said: "Thank you so much for your kind donation to the ward and the community children’s nurses.
"We will truly value it. It will enable us to support many more children and their families through difficult times, and hopefully help to make their lives a little easier.
"This time must be unimaginably difficult for Adam’s parents and loved ones, and we are very grateful that they have been able to come here today and be so very generous."
Children's community nurse Tara Parker added: "We will always remember Adam fondly and were glad and proud to be able to help take care of him.
"He was a very special boy to us all and it was a privilege to play a part in his treatment."
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