10 Aug Chelmsford mum to fundraise for charity through ‘Stay and Play’ event
For the second year in a row, the mum of a two year old girl who weighs as little as a baby half her age is raising money for The Sick Children’s Trust.
Philippa Rabbitts, 30, from Great Baddow in Chelmsford, is hosting a ‘Stay and Play’ charity event on 15 September to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust. The charity supported Philippa and her partner, Matt Cole, 34, with free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation last year when their daughter, Bella, needed lifesaving surgery at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Little Bella was delivered by caesarean three weeks early and weighed just 4lbs 11oz. She was tube fed for the first 11 months of her life, but needed emergency surgery last year when she began to lose weight and was vomiting up to ten times a day. At 11 months old – and weighing only 11 pounds – doctors had to perform emergency surgery on her tiny body and place a tube directly into her intestines to ensure she was getting the nutrients she desperately needed. It was at this point that her parents were supported at The Sick Children’s Trust ‘Home from Home’ Acorn House which meant they were only ever moments from her side.