Funds raised for tragic Ashfield teen go towards helping other children at King’s Mill Hospital

Mum Lisa with the purple pool table on ward 25
Mum Lisa with the purple pool table on ward 25
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Money raised by an Ashfield primary school to help a terminally ill teenager has gone towards helping ‘often forgotten’ older children at King’s Mill Hospital.

Greenwood Primary School, in Kirkby, raised more than £200 to help 17-year-old Kirkby girl, Corah Slaney - but she sadly passed away in July before the cash could be donated.

Teenager Corah Slaney, from Kirkby, who passed away last year

Teenager Corah Slaney, from Kirkby, who passed away last year

So instead, the money has paid for a pool table for children on ward 25 at the hospital.

Greenwood head teacher Kim Harvey said the pupils, parents and staff were “only too glad to help such a worthy cause”.

And in memory of Corah, the table has also been made in her favourite colour, purple.

Corah’s mum, Lisa, has worked at Greenwood for 14 years and said she was “so touched by their gesture”.

Lisa said: “We are delighted that they still wanted to donate in memory of our purple princess.

“And we were so proud to put on the plaque in remembrance of Corah.”

The Slaney family suggested the replacing the pool table which broke last year so that children on the ward from an older age group on could entertain themselves.

Lisa added: “Teenagers are often forgotten when you think of poorly children but are equally as important.

“I’m so pleased the ward has replaced the table because Corah used the old one a lot during the early part of her illness before the disease took hold of her.

“It will give them something to do to make their day go quicker in hospital.

“We want to thank the whole community for supporting us - we know Corah would have loved it.”

The school initially raised cash to help pay for modifications to Corah’s home because she developed Mitochondrial disease - an incurable illness which gives sufferers constant seizures and convulsions.

Other groups also raised funds for the cause, which paid for an entertainment system for the ward before Christmas.