Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Leah (and her sister Kayleigh join Harvey's gang in Ninewells, Dundee

The Dundee team had Leah (7) and her sister Kayleigh (11) visit the laboratory. Mum (Elaine), Dad (Stephen) and Chaplain (Andrew) also joined the visit (phew, no pressure then!). 

 Leah has finished treatment for an astrocytoma and is now onto 6 monthly visits. 

We were able to show Leah and Kayleigh the different types of components that are available, Leah has had numerous red cell transfusions in the past. 

After a quick teaching session at the microscope (and the cool nail polish reveal) 

we also found out that dad Stephen has actually transported red cells and platelets for us in the past to Perth Royal Infirmary. 

Both mum and dad were very interested in seeing and hearing about everything, as was the Chaplain who was visiting so that he can get a better understanding of how we work.

Both girls left wearing their lab coats and happy with their goody bags.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Jack is going to Hamble Park opening in support of Harvey's gang

The new Hamble park on Thursday 13th April at 10:00 am opens and Jack will be selling cakes to support Harvey's gang at the opening.

Hi, Sarah here, (Jack's mum);

 Jack Chandler attends Sompting Village School and is in year two, he turns 7 in 21 days, not that he's counting, much, on the 23rd April.
 He recently read a book called 'Horrid Henry gets Rich Quick'. It is about a boy who set up a stall to sell his toys to get more pocket money. Jack said that he wants to have a stall but he wants to do it the other way round, he doesn't want the money, he wants it to go to people who need it more than him.
 He decided that he wants to give the money to Harvey's Gang because Harvey used to go to his School.

Jack decided that he wanted to sell cakes. He thought that his stall will need to be somewhere busy to make lots of money. He decided that the new Hamble park will be busy when it opens.
 I said that this is an amazing idea and I would do all I can to make it possible for him.
 Jack will be selling lots of yummy cakes at Hamble Parks Grand Opening on Thursday 13th April at 10 am.
 We have been overwhelmed by the Support form Worthing and Adur Council, Sompting Big Local and all Jack's family and friends who have offered to bake things for him to sell.

Dear Jack, and Sarah, 

a massive thanks for your very kind thoughts and deeds, wow, amazing. You youngsters at Sompting Village School never fail to stop amazing me.

I look forward to meeting you Jack and shaking your hand and having a picture or two taken with you, and perhaps I can reciprocate and invite you to have a look around our laboratory, at Worthing hospital and meet "Harvey", our Blood Grouping analyser, which is named after Harvey Buster Baldwin.

good luck, and thank you, Malcolm