WHAT started as a family’s small gesture to thank the staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital who saved their son’s life, has turned into a hugely successful fundraising campaign, which has now raised over £30,000.
In November 2019, Parents Amy and Antony Owen noticed their four-week-old baby boy, Roux wasn’t feeding properly and took him to A&E at their local hospital in Hull.
The family were rushed to Leeds General Infirmary where they were shocked to discover that little Roux had a brain tumour the size of two oranges.
Roux, now 11 months old, has undergone eight life-saving operations at Leeds Children’s Hospital to remove his tumour.
Amy and Antony are so grateful to all the NHS staff at Leeds Children’s Hospital, particularly Ward 52, where Roux has been cared for, which is why they launched fundraising appeal ‘Roux’s Army’ for hospital charity, Leeds Cares.
Roux’s mum Amy said:
“Sitting in hospital watching your baby boy fighting for his life brings so much pain and anguish, it’s something no one should have to go through. But this experience has given us the motivation to fundraise for this amazing hospital.”
The Owens began fundraising near Christmas when they saw a poster for Leeds Cares on the ward where Roux was being treated.
Since then, friends and family have rallied round to support the family, from coffee and cake mornings to personalised drawings and 18 of Antony’s friends running and cycling the length of Britain in just 14 days during the lockdown.
The family have been absolutely amazed by the support they have received from friends, family and even complete strangers who have been touched by brave Roux’s fight.
Antony has been truly overwhelmed by the support his family has received he said:
“We are incredibly lucky to have such a caring, loving, and supportive group of friends. Whether it was bringing us gifts, meals, and supplies whilst we were in hospital or fundraising now, we simply wouldn’t be where we are now without them.”
Paul Watkins, Director of Fundraising at Leeds Cares said:
“All of us at Leeds Cares have been absolutely blown away by the Owen’s determination to fundraise, despite all their family has been through. This money will make a huge difference to so many other patients and families during their stay on ward 52 at Leeds Children’s Hospital.”
You can support the Owen family’s fundraising efforts by donating to their JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/forroux