Big-hearted Chloe returns the favour

Eleven-year-old Chloe Sumner is raising money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital with the help of her mum Shelley and friend Treena Sumner.
Eleven-year-old Chloe Sumner is raising money for Alder Hey Children's Hospital with the help of her mum Shelley and friend Treena Sumner.

Chloe Sumner has been in and out of hospital since the day she was born.

With a heart condition that has required surgery and frequent check ups, going to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital has become part of her routine.

Eleven-year-old Chloe Sumner is raising money for Alder Hey

Eleven-year-old Chloe Sumner is raising money for Alder Hey

Now at the age of 11, Chloe, of Honister Close, Fleetwood, decided she wanted to do something to help the hospital as a way of thanking them for her care.

So mum Shelley and neighbour Treena Sumner put their thinking caps on to find a way to make Chloe’s dream come true.

Shelley, 35, said: “Going to the hospital has always been part of her life but i think now, at 11, she is realising just what it has meant and she wanted to do something.

“So we talked about fund-raising and we have set up a couple of events which we hope will raise some money.”

Going to the hospital has always been part of her life but i think now, at 11, she is realising just what it has meant and she wanted to do something

Starting on August 8 there will be a Facebook auction of items which have been kindly donated by the community of Fleetwood.

Walk

And then in September, more than 30 of Chloe’s family and friends will be talking part in Walk the Lights in Blackpool.

Chloe, who has a sister called Paige and is about to start at Fleetwood High School was just 10 months old when she was diagnosed with VSD - ventricle septal defect.

She had been turning blue and after several visits to the GP, she was sent to hospital for further checks.

“She was wheezing and lethargic and the doctor thought it was something to do with her heart so he sent us to the hospital,” said Shelley.

“We were told she was lucky to be alive.

“She had to have an operation to repair a hole in the heart and her main artery was as thin as a hair so she has a stent in it.

“But she has amazed everybody. She might not be able to keep up with everyone quite the same but does every sport in anyway she finds possible,

“Chloe didn’t really understand about it all when she was younger, we used to say she was special and that was why she had to go to hospital but now she is understanding and she just told me one day that she wanted to give something back.

“It’s all her idea, I’m so proud of her.”

Shelley, Treena and Chloe’s dad Carl Wakefield, have been in touch with businesses all over Fleetwood and have built up a collection of about 25 items to be auctioned.

These range from shop vouchers to Farmer Parrs tickets, tattoos, two hour face painting sessions, a custom made delux pram set and much more.

Said Treena: “We didn’t expect it to take off so much, we are so pleased.

“The Facebook page has more than 2,000 members, it’s been amazing!

“It starts at 3pm on August 8 for a week. All the items will be listed and whoever is the highest bidder on each one a week later, wins!

“We have no target in mind, we would just like to raise as much money as we can for the hospital.”

To take part in the auction, log on to Chloe’s Walk for Life Fundraising Auction Group Alder Hey Childrens Hospital on Facebook.