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Nine-year-old Lyla carries out a sponsored silence in aid of the neonatal ward at the West Suffolk Hospital

PUBLISHED: 12:37 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 23 July 2018

Senior staff nurse Sharon Wilding with Rachel and Lyla Whiteman. Picture My WiSH Charity

Senior staff nurse Sharon Wilding with Rachel and Lyla Whiteman. Picture My WiSH Charity

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Young Lyla Whiteman had only one thing on her mind.

Glenn and Brian Wallace along with staff from Ward 10 at the West Suffolk Hospital. Picture: MY WISH CHARITYGlenn and Brian Wallace along with staff from Ward 10 at the West Suffolk Hospital. Picture: MY WISH CHARITY

She wanted to raise money for the hospital ward who treated her just after she was born.

So the nine-year-old, from Wooditton, near Newmarket, decided to hold a sponsored silence.

And her efforts raised £110.50 for the My WiSH Charity with the money going to the neonatal ward at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

According to her mother Rachel, a school cook at Laureate Community Academy and Nursery, in Exning Road, Newmarket, it was not the easiest of tasks for the youngster.

Staff from Ward 10 at the West Suffolk Hospital with the CD players, radio and cordless phone. Picture: MY WISH CHARITYStaff from Ward 10 at the West Suffolk Hospital with the CD players, radio and cordless phone. Picture: MY WISH CHARITY

“It was really, really hard for her and much harder than she thought it would be,” she said.

She managed to get sponsorship from family and friends and went round her village on her silence day to collect further funds.

“She took flash cards round with her and knocked on people’s doors in the village and not a lot of people said ‘No’. She had written out her story about the treatment she received on the neonatal ward “

Lyla was born on May 14, 2009, 10 days later than expected and developed an infection.

Christine Wallace. Picture: MY WISH CHARITYChristine Wallace. Picture: MY WISH CHARITY

Twenty four hours after her birth she had not cried or eaten anything and was put on antibiotics for five days.

“She was not seriously ill but she was quite poorly,” said her mother.

“But she just wanted to raise money for the ward to say thank you and we just got behind her and helped her out.

“I could not be more proud of her … proud to bits really. She’s always coming up with ideas and I’m sure she’s going to be a little entrepreneur.”

Lyla Whiteman. Picture: MY WISH CHARITYLyla Whiteman. Picture: MY WISH CHARITY

Sue Smith, fundraising manager for My WiSH, said: “It is always wonderful to hear about our young fundraisers and we can’t thank Lyla enough for supporting the neonatal unit. Her money really will make a difference”.

Meanwhile, the loving care and attention given to a patient at the hospital has led to her family donating gifts to the ward where she was treated.

Now F10 has a cordless phone, four DAB radios and a CD player courtesy of Brian Wallace and his son Glenn.

It was back in January that Christine Wallace was admitted to the respiratory ward of the hospital.

Glenn said that his 76-year-old mother was very, very ill but was treated with dignity and care by staff before she died on January 29.

He said: “She was very frail but the way that they not only treated her but us as well with all the hours we spent on the ward was absolutely amazing. So instead of people buying flowers at her funeral we asked for donations.”

And along with money raised at their local pub The Cock, in Stanton, close to where they all live, over £300 was raised for the My WiSH Charity, which supports the hospital, with the the money going to F10.

Glenn added: “Mum loved music and quite often when I sat with her I would put some music to her ear and she would appreciate the radio and CD player being donated to the ward.”

Sue Smith, fundraising manager, said “It was lovely to be able to show Glenn and Brian that their money has been spent just as they wished.

“Having spoken to staff across West Suffolk Hospital we know that having music on the ward really does make for a nice, calm environment and what a lovely legacy for Christine and her family to have left to F10”.

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