Grandmother Fundraises to Say Thank You to Galaxy House

11 August 2015

Avis Carter from Accrington has raised an impressive £727 for Galaxy House at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital following the excellent care of her granddaughter after her diagnosis of anorexia nervosa.

Galaxy House is a 12 bedded in-patient unit that provides mental health care for children up to the age of 13 years and also specialising in pervasive refusal syndrome and eating disorders.

Avis organised a coffee morning at her church, St Paul’s in Accrington.  With an abundance of cake and a raffle it raised a fantastic £370.00.  Family and friends also supported her fundraising, in particular Jan Pailaqueo who donated her sponsorship from the Great Manchester Run and husband John Savage, who as a member of Blackburn Lions Club secured a £250.00 donation.

The House will use the donation to purchase a picnic table, gazebo and other outside items for Galaxy House which will benefit those patients who enjoy using the House’s garden.

Avis Carter says:

“I really wanted to be able to give something back to Galaxy House due to how much they have helped our family. I cannot put into words how special the staff there are, I hope the money we have raised helps to make a difference, it is my way of saying thank you.”

Angela Rowe, Community Fundraising Manager for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, added:

“We are incredibly touched that Avis decided to fundraise for Galaxy House, it is such a vital service that people don’t always get to hear about because of the nature of the illnesses it treats.

The House looks after patients from across the whole of the North West and often beyond. Small improvements such as the purchasing of outdoor equipment can make a huge difference to the patients who often stay for prolonged periods, spanning several months.  The hard work of fundraisers like Avis enables the Galaxy House team to provide a more homely environment, which is vital to patients’ care. As a Charity we work to ensure the very best in treatment, research and care, doing what we can to make life a little easier for our young patients and their families.”