Fairy godmother to leap burning logs to raise funds for SASH Charity

FAIRY GODMOTHER: Ella with her godmother Sue who is running the Dirty Dash for SASH

FAIRY GODMOTHER: Ella with her godmother Sue who is running the Dirty Dash for SASH

Local Caterham mum, Sue Longley, will be scaling 10ft walls, crawling through mud and leaping over burning logs later this month to thank East Surrey Hospital’s neonatal team for the care and support they gave Ella, her goddaughter, and her parents Lindsay and Trevor when she was first born.

Ella, now five months old, was born with a cleft palate and Pierre Robin Sequence (PRS), a condition which meant the position of her jaw made it difficult for her to breathe. PRS is very rare, with an estimated frequency of 12.4 per 100,000 births. In contrast, cleft palates occur once in every 700 babies.

“The treatment and support my goddaughter Ella and her parents received at East Surrey Hospital’s neonatal unit was brilliant,” said Sue. “Lindsay and Trevor can’t thank the unit enough for the care and support they gave Ella and themselves. Without which, they don’t know how they would have coped.”

PRECIOUS ONE: Ella with her parents Lindsay and Terry just after she was born

PRECIOUS ONE: Ella with her parents Lindsay and Terry just after she was born

Sue’s Dirty Dash challenge on 18 April will raise money for SASH Charity and she has almost hit her goal of £1000. “The Dirty Dash is no run in the park. It’s a 6km run with 15 major obstacles. I have never done anything like this before so this is going to be my biggest personal challenge to date, both physically and mentally,” she said.

“All money raised will go towards helping other children and their families in the future. My target is £1000 but with help, I can smash that!”

Michael Wilson, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to hear that Ella and her family are doing so well. Our neonatal team, as with all our staff, go above and beyond to make sure our patients and their families receive high quality, compassionate care whenever they visit us.

“Many thanks too for Sue who has pledged to support our charity with this, frankly, terrifying physical challenge.”

If you’d like to support Sue, visit her Justgiving page here; https://www.justgiving.com/SueLongley