A GRATEFUL mum from Hucknall is planning a bumper fundraising day — to say a heartfelt thankyou for keeping her children alive.
Every parent fears news that their precious child is ill. But for 31-year-old Angelina Oleszynski, of Abbots Drive, that nightmare happened twice.
Firstly, her son Finlay was born eight-and-a-half weeks premature at Nottingham City Hospital. He is now two and fighting fit.
Then, ten months ago, Angelina had to undergo an emergency Caesarean section to give birth to her daughter, Jessica, because of complications with the youngster’s heart-rate.
Jessica was diagnosed with a hole in her heart and will eventually have to undergo surgery to make repairs. She is now under the care of a specialist ward at Glenfield Hospital in Leicestershire.
Now Angelina is aiming to repay both the neo-natal unit at the City Hospital and the unit at Glenfield with a charity fun day at the Nabb Inn pub on Nabbs Lane, Hucknall on Saturday May 5.
“I have a lot to thank the hospitals for,” said Angelina. “I can’t thank the staff enough. Hopefully, this will go some way towards proving how grateful I am.
“This is only the start. I want to keep fundraising for the two hospitals and raise as much as I can.”
Jessica’s development has been severely affected by her heart condition. She has only just been able to sit up, and she still cannot crawl.
She is just over a stone in weight and is approximately the size of a normal three-month-old. Her diet is supplemented by high-calorie foods, and she has to drink a special milk-formula.
Jessica faces a D-day appointment at Glenfield on Wednesday April 18 when specialists will decide whether she needs to have heart surgery earlier than expected.
But despite this hanging over the family’s head, Angelina, who is unable to work because of caring for Jessica, is ploughing ahead with the fundraiser.
The event at the Nabb will feature face-painting, a bouncy castle, games, cake stall, raffle and a DJ.
Anyone who would like to support the cause — either with cash donations or with prizes for the raffle — can ring Angelina on 07735 591619 .