Georgia (10) starts help for sick children

Fundraisers: Enjoying the purple day at Tydd St Mary Primary School are Georgia Forrest-Bowers (front), Charlie Jackson, Madison Bishop, Katie Griffin and Abby Jackson.

Fundraisers: Enjoying the purple day at Tydd St Mary Primary School are Georgia Forrest-Bowers (front), Charlie Jackson, Madison Bishop, Katie Griffin and Abby Jackson.

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SEEING poorly children at Great Ormond Street Hospital has inspired a ten-year-old from Tydd St Mary to find a way to help them feel better.

Georgia Forrest-Bowers persuaded fellow pupils at Tydd St Mary Primary School to dress in purple for a day and have a bring and buy sale to raise money for the hospital.

Mum Lisa Bowers said: “She realised how many other poorly children there were there. When she came home she said she would like to do something for them. It was all her own idea.

“She looked on the internet for ideas and came up with a bring and buy sale and purple day.”

Georgia, who lives in Kiln Drive with her mum Lisa, step-dad Matt and one-year-old brother Zak, was being treated at the hospital for a heart murmur caused by a narrowing of the left artery.

She has had the problem since birth but it was not detected until she was about six.

Georgia has been monitored over the last four years in the hope she would grow out of it. However, it was decided Georgia should have a stent fitted, which was completed in October.

Mrs Bowers said: “Unfortunately what looked like a narrowing artery on the MRI scan turned out to be a twisted artery. As the artery was folded, the stent kept popping out.

“They could have opened her chest up completely to take it out. They have stored it in her right artery so now it’s just sitting there.”

It was during the overnight stay at Great Ormond Street Hospital that Georgia found her fundraising inspiration.

“Her suggestion came out of the blue,” said Mrs Bowers. “We agreed to ask the school if she could do something and her step-father took her to see her teacher. They were more than willing to do something. We are very proud.”

A total of £195 was collected on the day at the school.

Georgia even managed to get a purple cast for her wrist, which she broke rollerskating a week before the event.

Georgia’s father, Keith Forrest, will continue fundraising efforts this month by completing a half-marathon in Reading.