March's Charity Donation

Petrofer's charity for March has been selected by Duncan Haley, our Technical Sales Engineer, and he has chosen Sheffield Children's Hospital. 

Dunc has provided a heartfelt statement as to why he continues to be so supportive of this charity year after year:

"When Isabella Rose (my daughter) was 3 months old she was poorly, and we could not get her into our doctors as they had no appointments available.  Linda took her to Boots Chemist as she is aware they can give medical advice.  The doctor on duty advised us, that due to Izzy’s age, we will be better taking her straight to A&E and have them look at her.  The doctor in A&E who saw us explained he thought it was probably a water infection but due to her very young age he would like to perform a lumber puncture to make sure this is the case.  The lumber puncture was absolutely horrible. We took the doctors’ advice not to go in with her, but I will never forget being sat in tears outside listening to her screams. 

After the test they told us they wanted to keep her in overnight to ensure she was ok while they get the results.  A couple of hours later after I had left Izzy and Linda at the Childrens Hospital, I received a phone call to go back immediately.  The tests had shown that Izzy had Meningitis.  This was the start of the worst 4 days of my life watching my 12-week-old daughter get more and more poorly every hour.

In total we spent 10 nights with Izzy in the Children’s Hospital, and I feel that without the care they provided she would not have pulled through.  The staff were all absolutely amazing!  The doctor in A&E who originally thought it was a water infection was brilliant, at the start and end of his shift every day he would visit and check up on us.  The nurses couldn’t do enough for us as parents or for the care Izzy received.  They even brought us pizza on a few occasions from the local takeaway to ensure we ate.

The aftercare we received was also of the same standard. Izzy had checks every 12 months to ensure that the virus had not affected her mentally or physically.  She finally had the all clear 14 years later and thankfully has no side effects.

So as a result, I am deeply indebted to The Sheffield Children’s Hospital and at every available opportunity I donate whenever I can to this fantastic cause, which is not only for the people of Sheffield but a major contributor to specialist care and medical research to the UK and the World!!!”



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