Jess’s fundraiser for hospital that treated daughter

Little Star: Jess Sanderson with two-year-old daughter Grace and Little Gems  Academy members.
Little Star: Jess Sanderson with two-year-old daughter Grace and Little Gems Academy members.
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A loving mum has repaid the debt of gratitude she feels towards the hospital that helped save her daughter’s life.

Jess Sanderson raised £975 for Nottingham Hospitals Charity as a thank you for vital treatment provided for two-year-old Grace.

The brave toddler had to have a major brain operation at Queen’s Medical Centre earlier this year after contracting meningitis.

But now she is fighting back to fitness and was the centre of attention at a charity day organised by Jess at Burgh le Marsh Village Hall on Saturday.

A large crowd of friends and relatives attended the event to show their support and boost the fundraising appeal.

Grace was diagnosed with meningitis earlier this year and had initially received treatment at The Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

Jess said: “Grace felt poorly and I didn’t know what was wrong. She was in hospital at Boston for 10 days before they said we could go home, but the meningitis ended up causing an infection on her brain.

“We then got rushed to Queen’s that night, where she had a four hour operation to remove the infarction.”

She added: “We spent another 22 days in Queens.

“Thankfully she was allowed home, after a few weeks we went back for the last MRI and Grace had the all clear.

“She still has a brain injury for the rest of her life so it could affect her later on in life but at the minute she is a happy healthy little girl.

“So that’s why I’m trying to raise as much money to give something back to the children’s brain unit.”

The charity day included a raffle, stalls, refreshments, Skegness Fire Station crew and performance by Little Gems Academy.

Jess added: “I am so thankful to all the people that attended. I couldn’t have done it without my friends and family, they were fantastic. We will be doing something