Teenager raises cash for children’s ward

Leah Forsyth, Age 13
Leah Forsyth, Age 13

A teenage girl who suffered a gangrenous appendix has raised hundreds of pounds for the hospital which helped her through the agonising ordeal.

Leah Forsyth, from Acklington, was taken to hospital in May last year after suffering severe pain.

Leah Forsyth and her family on Sugar Loaf Mountain in Wales.

Leah Forsyth and her family on Sugar Loaf Mountain in Wales.

The next morning, she woke up screaming in agony and was rushed to theatre at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Her appendix, which had turned gangrenous, was removed and she has since made a total recovery.

To say thank-you to those who helped her through her painful ordeal, the 13-year-old held a fund-raising Christmas coffee morning on Saturday in aid of the hospital’s children’s ward.

And the event, held at Acklington Village Hall, raised £360 for the cause.

Leah’s mum Danielle said: “It went really well. We are delighted with the amount of money raised on the day. Thank you to everyone who supported the event.

“Leah’s appendix had turned gangrenous, which apparently is what happens before it bursts.

“If it had burst, that is when the problems occur, but thankfully they removed it in time.

“The hospital was fantastic, with friendly and helpful staff, and Leah made a total recovery.

“In fact, three weeks after the operation, she was bridesmaid at her aunty’s wedding at The Alnwick Garden and then four weeks after we, as a family, including Leah, all climbed Sugar Loaf Mountain in Wales.

“So she wanted to raise some money for the children’s ward at North Tyneside Hospital.”

Saturday’s fund-raiser featured a range of stalls, including bric-a-brac, cakes and jewellery.

There was also a guess the amount of sweets in the jar competition.

There was a raffle with a string of good prizes, including a family pass to The Alnwick Castle and Garden for up to a year, and also a hamper which included a tea pot and other goodies from Yorkshire Tea.

Prior to the event, brave Leah had said that she wanted to raise as much money as possible for the children’s ward because ‘they removed my appendix and made me feel all better, therefore I think they do deserve it’.

Danielle said that Leah, who is daughter to Roy, and older sister to Shane, 12, and Casey, six, will probably do further fund-raising for the cause in the future, although hasn’t got anything planned at the moment.