A heart surgery survivor who owes her life to a hospital ward in Newcastle has donated Valentine’s Day gifts to sick children receiving treatment.
Calli Tully, from Dudley, delivered gifts to Ward 23 at the Freeman Hospital in Heaton to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The 24-year-old said: ‘I took twenty personalized bags, with personalized teddy bears, love heart-shaped lollipops, a balloon on a stick for each child and large balloons in the shape of heart of love for the services and the PICU and the intensive care unit.
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“It’s actually Heart Month and of course, Valentine’s Day. I thought it was a bit special to do for the heart unit!
For the past eight years, Calli has delivered gifts to patients at Christmas and recently at Easter.
Calli was hospitalized in December 2014 due to a hole in her heart where she had to undergo emergency open-heart surgery.
She had her very first Christmas away from home, but the staff on the ward made her and the other young patients feel like they weren’t missing out on the festive spirit.
Since then, Calli has made a point of thanking the service for all their efforts to save her when she was in critical condition.
She said: “I held raffles to raise money for the giveaways. The nurses were absolutely overwhelmed that I did something so amazing again, and the parents sent me beautiful photos and messages.
A parent of little girls on the service said, “I can’t even begin to tell you what this means to us. Thanks very much. My girls are just recovering and it totally brightened up our day.
Another parent of a young patient said: “Thank you so much for the gifts from my granddaughter, she absolutely loved them and it made today a little easier in these difficult times.”
Calli added: “It takes a simple act of kindness to brighten someone else’s day, always try to be a rainbow in someone else’s clouds, because a day you might need someone to be your rainbow.”
Calli said, “I definitely plan on doing Valentine’s Day again in the future, but my next mission is Easter now!”
If you would like to donate to Calli’s Easter campaign, visit: https://gofund.me/42c8d0a8
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