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Amelia raises money for children's ward

Amelia Barwell with deputy sister Emma Wilson-Jones (left) and play assistant Sally Leach Photo: Lee Hellwing
Amelia Barwell with deputy sister Emma Wilson-Jones (left) and play assistant Sally Leach Photo: Lee Hellwing

A young girl from Bourne who suffers from a rare genetic condition that affects her eyes raised more than £300 for the children’s ward at Peterborough City Hospital.

Amelia Barwell, seven, raised the money through a cake sale, by attending various events where she asked for donations and through money received from friends and family.

Amelia suffers from congenital fibrosis of the extraocular muscle. Her eye muscles are fixed and she is unable to look up, down or sideways. Her eyes are also highly sensitive to light forcing her to wear sunglasses.

As she is not able to blink or close her eyes, she has to sleep with an eye mask.

Despite the hardships she faces, Amelia attends Bourne Elsea Park Church of England Primary where she has just finished Year 2.

For the past five years Amelia has received treatment at the Peterborough City Hospital where she has had three operations and has spent time in the hospital’s Amazon Children’s Ward.

Wanting to give something back, she took it upon herself to raise money for the ward.

“She has had a number of operations and there will be many more to come,” said Amelia’s mother Katie Barwell.

“After her last operation a month ago she asked to do some fundraising for the parents facilities on the Amazon Ward at Peterborough City Hospital, which of course we supported.

“She has done a cake sale and has collected donations at a couple of community events. We were amazed by the support she received. ”

Amelia handed over a cheque of £331,09 to the ward’s deputy sister Emma Wilson-Jones last Thursday.

The money will go towards the parents kitchen, a facility which relies on dontations to operate.

Her father Chris Barwell said they had spent a lot of time in the ward and the staff had been “fantastic”.

“We have nothing but praise for the staff here,” he said.

“They are really incredible and have looked after us so well.”

The Amazon Ward provides a comprehensive paediatric service both for elective and emergency care for all children up to 16.

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