DCBL Treat Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Ambassador and Keyworkers
22nd August 2022
Ethical debt collection firm, DCBL hosted an Alder Hey Children’s Hospital ambassador and key workers at the DCBL Stadium in Halton this weekend, to give back to the charity and its staff.
As a reward to the charity that goes above and beyond to support young people in the region, DCBL invited the Alder Hey ambassador and a number of key workers to enjoy the Widnes Vikings vs Sheffield Eagles rugby league game, to show its support for all the extremely hard work carried out by the charity and hospital.
The Alder Hey ambassador was 16-year-old, Maisie Kinsella. Maisie first became a patient at the hospital at just three years old when she was diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) – a condition that required her to have open heart surgery and be placed on a heart bypass machine. If the surgery and ongoing support from the hospital weren’t carried out, Maisie’s heart and lungs would have faced such severe damage that her life would have been irrecoverably changed by the age of 13. She continues attending Alder Hey for check-ups and has helped the charity raise thousands in funds recently.
Before kick-off, the guests were treated to a tour of the 13,500-capacity stadium, which gave them an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the pitch, players’ tunnel, changing rooms and performance area. This was followed by lunch and refreshments in the executive suite. Jack Owens, the club captain, surprised the guests with a visit and presented Maisie with a shirt signed by the Widnes Vikings squad and gave her the opportunity to pick the man of the match.
DCBL Managing Director, Darren Connor, said:
“It was a privilege to meet Maisie, her family, and some of the wonderful key workers at Alder Hey to hear about their personal experiences at the hospital, the incredible work that is carried out on a daily basis, and how this has impacted their lives.
Adam Dixon, running and challenge manager at Alder Hey Children’s Charity said:
“Maisie is one of our brilliant young Charity Ambassadors. Along with her family, she has represented the work of the charity and inspired so many with their fundraising. Maisie is even planning a skydive in the near future!”
Inspired by Maisie’s fundraising efforts, her dad, Daniel, and his good friend, Martin, have joined together to raise money for Alder Hey Children’s Charity by taking part in a 50km trek and a 1500m climb across the Andes in Southern Peru. In 2020, this was originally planned for the Himalayas but was delayed due to the interruption caused by COVID-19. They have so far raised £6,000 of their £7,500 goal. In the near future, Maisie plans to undertake a charity skydive also.
Over the years, DCBL’s 200-plus employees have participated in a series of fundraising activities close to their hearts. Collectively, the teams have raised over £20,000 for causes including Children with Cancer UK, Parkinson’s UK, Diabetes UK and Prostate Cancer UK.
To show your support for the fundraising challenge and the great work of the charity, you can donate via the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danielmartinnepal.