Big Walk to support Children's Haematology Unit

11/07/2012

The Children's Haematology Unit in the Children's Hospital will be one of the beneficiaries of 'Emily's Big Walk- a national charity event launched in Northern Ireland by Minister of Health Edwin Poots.

Leona Knox, whose son Oscar aged 3 is currently receiving treatment for cancer is supporting the walk to raise money and awareness to tackle children’s cancer. Oscar was at the launch with his mum and members of staff from the Children's Hospital. Along with others she will be walking for our Children’s Haematology Unit in the grounds of Stormont on Sunday 9 September 2012 at 2pm.

Leona says “It is an amazing place with amazing staff, where everyone tries to make this difficult journey that little bit easier through spending time talking to the parents and providing a place where the children feel safe and nurtured.”

Oscar spends a lot of time as a patient at the Children’s Haematology Unit. As well as getting treatment there he enjoys spending time with the Play Specialist, who helps to bring fun back into the children’s lives while they endure gruelling treatment. He loves playing with the other children, and “helping” the nurses carry out their work.

Dr Robert Johnston, Consultant at the Children’s Haematology Unit says “We hope the walk will help us raise the funds we need to continue to help young people like Oscar and their families”.

About Emily's Big Walk

During September walks will take place in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Belfast, Leeds, London, Leicester, Nottingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham, Cambridge and Cardiff, they will feature a symbol of the walk being passed along these routes around the UK in a similar way to the Olympic torch. The final destination of the 'torch' will be the Barbican Centre in London.

The walk is organised by the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group and is named after Emily Bailes, who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of five and lost her battle with the disease in March 2008 aged nine.

For further information about Emily's Big Walk please visit http://www.emilysbigwalk.org.uk