Causeway Chronicle

Limavady couple say thanks to Royal Belfast Hospital for sick Children for caring for little Emmie

Limavady couple Ashlie and Mark Knight were left in a worrying situation when their little daughter Emmie was born on March 8, 2023.

Emmie was a sick baby and spent the first six and a half months of her life in the Royal Belfast for Sick Children.

It was the worst time of our lives and there was some very dark days,” says Ashlie.

She continues: “When we where transferred from Altnegalvin Hospital in Derry/Londonderry to the Royal in Belfast late at night, I didn’t even have as much as a toothbrush with me. The wonderful nurses in the Allen Ward gathered me up some bits until my husband could bring what I needed the following day.

“During our lengthy stay there, we didn’t receive much in the way of financial support from anywhere which made the whole situation much more harder to go through as my husband wasn’t able to work due to being at home with our other four children.

Ashlie explained: “As a way of saying thanks, Mark and I started a toy drive toward the end of November to gather up some toys, toiletries, nappies and sanitary products to donate to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children just to say thank-you for their expert and excellent care for our daughter Emmie (now 9 months old) who spent over the first half of her life as an inpatient.

“So we’ve decided to do this as a way of giving back something for their kindness and expert help and that to try and make sure that any family that’s going to be there this Christmas isn’t stuck for anything! Even as much as a toothbrush or some sanitary products!

“Thanks to the absolutely incredible kindness of the local people from Limavady and the Causeway Coast who came together to make this possible.
A massive shoutout to some absolutely amazing businesses: to Ryan Mullin from Fire and Stone Pizzeria Limavady, who catered for my little girl’s christening two weeks ago and used the money I had paid for the food to him to go and purchase an incredible amount of toys. Ryan also let us use Fire and Stone as a drop off point for donations as well.

“Also, a big thank you to Ethan and Kenzie of Buzzed NI Coffee for being a drop off point for us too and for their amazing donation towards the parents room.
Ben Monahan of Blackrock Calf Farms; Paddy and Danielle McGee from PMG Autorepairs; and Michael Logue from Limavady who donated a huge £175 after making and selling Hampers using his own finances.

“A huge thank you to Donna from Matalan in Derry/Londonderry who gave us an incredible discount to help us kick start the appeal, and a big massive thank you to the boys and officers from Second Limavady Anchor Boys’ Brigade for their incredible donation too.

“Thank you to so, so so many more people, we are absolutely blown away by the kindness of everyone and we know exactly the difference that their kindness is going to make to the parents, carers, children and even the nursing staff this Christmas.

“We are just so grateful that we have our little girl Emmie is home with us this Christmas because there were so many nights when we didn’t think it would ever happen.

Ashkie concluded by expressing a big “Thank you everyone for you tremendous kindness and donations.”

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