Brave Sophie helps raise £700 for Alder Hey

Five- year-old Sophie Baylis has raised �700 in aid of Alder Hey Hospital during a firework fundraiser. She is pictured with mum Amanda Baylis, dad,Grant Calder and brother Ronnie Calder

Five- year-old Sophie Baylis has raised �700 in aid of Alder Hey Hospital during a firework fundraiser. She is pictured with mum Amanda Baylis, dad,Grant Calder and brother Ronnie Calder

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An inspirational young Lancashire girl has fought back against illness to raise money for the hospital which cares for her.

Proud Sophie Baylis, of Claughton on Brock, near Garstang, has presented a cheque for £700 to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.

It represents the proceeds of a special fireworks party held in Catterall recently.

Mum Amanda, an HR business partner at Preston’s College said: “It was held on Tom and Rebecca Richardson’s farm all in aid of Alder Hey.

“Sophie has had extensive surgery there, open heart surgery and is actually due more.”

Sophie, five, took a star role at the fundraiser known as The Richardson Fireworks charity event.

It included a tombola, raffle, guess the teddy bear’s name, music, mulled wine and fireworks.

She was particularly keen on helping visitors to guess the teddy bear’s name.

The youngster, who has so far had three rounds of life-saving heart surgery, suffers from a condition called Digeorge Syndrome and will need heart operations throughout her life.

She has also previously recovered from liver failure.

Sophie fought back after suffering a cardiac arrest during surgery in February this year to fit a man-made artery conduit.

But by May, she was ready to be a princess for the day at a special birthday party with all her school friends.

Dad Grant Calder has given up his job as a painter and decorator to become Sophie’s full time carer.

Amanda said the family now has a special message for all who had helped them raise the cash.

She said: “Thank you for all the support from the local community and local businesses. We wouldn’t have done it without them.”