Billington gives back in honour of Bailey

We are delighted to have the support of Billington Structures in Yate, who have raised a cracking £750 for the Oncology Ward at Bristol Children’s Hospital from their annual hog roast and raffle afternoon. The event is organised as a thank you to staff for all their hard work and also includes charity giving. This year’s event, however, meant so much more to factory supervisor Lee Cooper.

Lee’s world came crashing down when his son Bailey was diagnosed with cancer at just 8 years old. “After our son Bailey was diagnosed with cancer, we were so lost and wondered how we could watch our son go through cancer treatment. The support given to us from the staff on Ward 34 was amazing, they made Bailey feel so comfortable and spent the time talking us through his treatment. At such a worrying time, this care and compassion meant so much.”

Bailey was facing a long treatment path which would unfortunately include time in isolation. “While in isolation Bailey played with toys, iPads and games all donated through The Grand Appeal which kept his spirits high even when we were at our lowest. Time was starting to pass slightly quicker and we could see Bailey beginning to enjoy his time in hospital. We were so thankful to The Grand Appeal for bringing a smile to Bailey’s face and we knew we wanted to give something back. I want to say a massive thank you to Ward 34 and to Billington Structures for the support they’ve shown my family. This year’s hog roast meant so much to us knowing everyone was donating and supporting The Grand Appeal, which in turn, would support my son.”  

After confiding in Billington’s Factory Production Manager Nick Collins, Lee was offered even more support from the company. Nick said “We instantly knew we wanted to support Lee and his family throughout Bailey’s intensive treatment, whether it was financially or with time off. The annual hog roast seemed like the perfect opportunity to say thank you to Ward 34 for all they have done. Billington Structures are extremely proud to donate £750 to The Grand Appeal and we hope that, in some small way, we have helped give poorly children more support. We plan to continue pledging our support to The Grand Appeal and Bristol Children’s Hospital.”  

In 2013 The Grand Appeal supported the expansion of the department to integrate Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant patients on to one ward. With the support of people like Lee, we are now are transforming the older part of the unit so it is also an age-appropriate, colourful and comfortable environment for patients.  To give a donation to the Oncology department, please visit www.grandappeal.org.uk/donate