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George's story
George Marriott
George raised money for Sheffield Children's Hospital in a sponsored run

BBC Sheffield is raising £500,000 for a new scanner for The Children's Hospital, Sheffield.

Ten-year-old George Marriott's life was saved by staff at The Children's Hospital in Sheffield after a benign tumour was discovered on his brain.

George's mum Rachel told us what happened to her son and how he has campaigned tirelessly to raise money for the Children's Hospital:

"When George was nine he started getting increasingly tired and was suffering from headaches and sickness.

"The paediatrician sent him for an MRI scan in December 2008 and it revealed a benign tumour on his brain.

"George started treatment at The Children's Hospital in Sheffield the same day and was scheduled for surgery to drain the tumour - but he collapsed before the operation.

George meets snooker player Rob Walker
George met Rob Walker at the World Snooker Championships

"A CT scan showed that George had water on the brain so surgeons decided to operate that night to relieve the pressure.

"While George was on the ward we heard about the Children's Hospital's charity. He's a keen sportsman and was already thinking about getting up and fit again, so when he heard about the charity's sponsored run George decided he would take part.

"George left The Children's Hospital in Sheffield just before Christmas 2008 and managed to spend the festive season and his 10th birthday at home, but when he left the hospital he felt sad that some of the children were too poorly to go home and had to stay in over Christmas.

"George wanted to raise funds so that doctors could help children like him, so he encouraged family and his football coach to drum up some support for the sponsored run. One hundred people agreed to participate, and George set himself a target of £10,000.

"George started to think of other ways to fundraise - cake bakes, a garage sale, and something even bigger.

Grace, Toby and George launch the BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal in September 2009
Grace, Toby and George launch the BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal

"A family friend suggested holding an auction so George, his friends, and in particular one friend whose son had also been treated at the Children's Hospital, set about contacting people and businesses to tell them about the hospital and asking for donations. With the help and generosity of a lot of people who knew George, we raised a grand total of £4500 in the auction.

"George completed the run which raised another £4500, and with a generous donation from a local business George hit his original target of £10,000.

"Since then George's school - Deer Park Primary in Wingerworth, Chesterfield - organised a race night for September 2009 and he is always thinking up new ways of fundraising.

"During all this, George's tumour still remains and he attends the hospital for regular check-ups. The tumour has left George with hormonal damage so he takes tablets and a daily injection. Although his life isn't as carefree as it was before, he has been really positive throughout his treatment. He never moans and is really brave and continues to think of others."

BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal logo
BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal logo

BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal. Be part of it.

The BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal aims to raise £500,000 for a new scanner for The Children's Hospital, Sheffield. This is your chance to make a difference to thousands of children like George and Grace - and of course their friends and families.

George Marriott and Grace Sellers are the voices of the BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal.

They came to BBC Radio Sheffield in September 2009 to speak to Toby Foster about their experiences at The Children's Hospital in Sheffield. Listen to the interview below.

Contribute today to the BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal. Follow the link on more information on how to donate. Be part of it.




SEE ALSO
BBC Sheffield Kids' Scanner Appeal
21 Sep 09 |  TV & Radio
Grace's story
21 Sep 09 |  People & Places


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