East Grinstead parents, Riz and Cassandra Wahid have returned to East Surrey Hospital with a heartfelt ‘thank you’ donation of £3,000 for the hospital’s SASH Charity in memory of their son.
Cameron – who would have celebrated his eighth birthday last month (February), died after suffering anaphylaxis caused by an allergic reaction while on a family holiday. Now his parents want something positive to come from his death.
Riz said: “We are very pleased to be able to present this cheque to the staff on Outwood ward in memory of our son. Cameron spent a lot of time in this ward as a result of his asthma and allergies and the staff were always amazing. He would have been very proud. Our friends, family and local community have been incredibly supportive out of their love for Cameron and we hope that the money will help other children who visit the ward and keep his memory alive.”
The cheque was presented to Outwood ward matron Joanne Farrell, who said: “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation which will be put to good use and make a big difference to the ward and our young patients – thank you.”
The parents and teachers at Blackwell Primary School in East Grinstead, where Cameron was a pupil, contributed a substantial amount to the fundraising efforts, donating money from their Christmas raffle and a special school assembly. A children’s party was held at the school celebrating Cameron’s life which included a raffle with gifts kindly donated by local businesses.
Penny Crocker, headteacher said: “Cameron was such a vibrant young boy and his loss was a huge shock to us all. The school staff, parents and children are delighted to help support the wonderful work of the Outwood ward, who played such an important role in supporting Cameron and his family when his allergies and asthma hit hard. We will always remember his wonderful smile and treasure the times we spent with him.”
Fundraising efforts in Cameron’s memory are continuing with Lingfield FC hosting a charity football match and fun day on 20 March at 11am-4pm (kick off at 12 noon). All proceeds will go to Allergy UK.
A not for profit organisation has been set up in Cameron’s memory www.cwaafundraising.com. The purpose is to increase allergy awareness in partnership with Allergy UK.