Sunday, 14 April 2024
Sunday, 14 April 2024

Brave Grimsby girl, 5, fundraising to thank firefighters for support amid cancer treatment

A five-year-old girl is preparing to walk across the Humber Bridge to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity, as a thank you to a team of firefighters who made her ‘feel like a princess’ during chemotherapy treatment.

Poppy Sheehan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in June 2022, just months after joining a new school in her mum, Shannon’s, hometown of Grimsby. She was immediately put on an intense course of chemotherapy, which Shannon says took a huge toll on the little girl.

Shannon said:

“Our whole world was turned upside down. She really struggled with it all, and as her mum, it was truly the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever seen. The beginning was very rough, and my daughter was not herself. She never smiled, laughed, played or barely even spoke. We tried everything, but nothing seemed to have worked.”

Determined to cheer her daughter up, Shannon started thinking of ways she could surprise her. Poppy had always loved fire engines, so she got in touch with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service and was offered the opportunity to visit Peaks Lane Fire Station.

Shannon said:

“They dotted balloons around the station, played hide and seek, she had a ride in the fire engine, received gifts, held the hose, and a range of other things. This was the first time she had smiled that beautiful smile in such a long time. She was treated as a princess. I was so taken aback – they’d thought of everything.”

Poppy is now preparing to walk across the Humber Bridge (around 1.4 miles) on 16 June 2023, exactly a year on from her diagnosis, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity – as a thank you to the firefighters she met, as well as their colleagues across the UK, for all they do keeping their communities safe.

The charity supports serving and retired fire and rescue service personnel, their dependants and other eligible members of the UK fire services community, throughout their lives, helping them to live happier and healthier.

Shannon added:

“Poppy wanted to help the people that helped her. That’s exactly what The Fire Fighters Charity does. It helps the people fighting out there every single day to make sure we can all come home.”

The Fire Fighters Charity relies on donations to ensure it can keep offering its vital services and would appreciate any support you can offer in the months ahead. You can support members of the UK’s fire services community by donating now at: www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/donate.

To donate to Poppy’s fundraiser, click here.

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