BABY GRAYSON GIVES BACK TO LIFE SAVING WILLOW WARD
The Burdett Family are completing their Supernova 5K at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to raise money for local hospital Darent Valley’s Willow Ward as a thank you to the staff who provided life saving care and support when their newborn son Grayson suffered from early heart failure at just 1 month old.
To say thank you for helping their son and giving support at a very difficult time for their young family, the Burdett’s are aiming to raise between £500-£1000 to refurbish the Teen Room in Willow Ward. Grayson’s Mum Sarah explained “As new parents it felt like our world was falling apart. We spent two weeks living on the ward and they took amazing care of our baby boy and kept us going during those dark days. I don’t think we could ever repay what they have done for us but this is a small token of our thanks”.
Grayson was born with AVSD a congenital heart defect and shortly after at just 4 weeks old he was admitted to Willow Ward after displaying signs of early heart failure. He spent the next few months of his life in and out of Willow Ward until he had open heart surgery at just 3 months old but encountered complications. Grayson will now potentially live with his heart condition for the rest of his life. “It’s been a struggle but Grayson has got through it with a massive smile on this face” Sarah said. The Burdett’s want to help families and children who may find themselves in a similar situation.
Grayson’s Project involves refurbishing the room for teenagers on Willow Ward. “The ward has some really beautiful murals but these are aimed at much younger children. The Teen Room requires updating and we want to try and give the room a makeover and make it a really fun environment for the teens to hang out in” Sarah explained. The project involves incorporating a 17ft graffiti style mural on the wall with the help of a local street artist as well as installing interactive whiteboards to allow teens to express themselves.
The Burdett’s are completing their Supernova experience together as a family. “It’s important to us that Grayson has something really positive to take from this early challenge in his life and that he grows up to understand the importance of giving back in the world. We’re also keeping everything in a memory book for him to reflect on when he is older”.
To find out more and support the Burdett Families fundraising for Darent Valley ‘s Willow Ward Teen Room refurbishment visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/graysonproject