Brave Bishop's Castle girl Beth on the mend

Published date: 13 July 2017 |
Published by: Owain Farrington 
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ANOTHER life-saving operation for a young girl has spurned support as her father continues fundraising for the hospital that saved her.

Beth Smith of Bishop’s Castle has a rare condition where the skull fuses too early, which has led to several operations before she had even reached her second birthday.

A new fundraiser in support of Birmingham Children’s Hospital by her father, Peter Smith, has already garnered more than £2,000 after the family went through a recent chain of worrying hospital visits.

Mr Smith said: “She wasn’t very well. She had a serious infection so we went to Shrewsbury and got transferred to Telford.

“She went downhill. They were really concerned and contacted Birmingham and we were told that we needed to be seen. We got transferred there and they operated, took all the metal work out.”

Beth had been fitted with ‘distractors’, that allow the skull to be gently grown manually, but they had to be removed.

Mr Smith added: “She wasn’t due to have it removed for another two months. But everything seems to be going right.

“It has worked, she’s back home and she’s happy. It is nice to see.

“I just hope that’s the end of it for the operations.

“It’s gone well, I can’t thank them enough.”

Now she is back home with parents, Claire and Peter.

The latest fundraiser for the hospital includes a unique raffle, with a celebrity guest doing the draw and prizes that include a Bear Grylls experience.

“I am going to hold the raffle on August 6 to match up with the fun day we have here in Churchstoke.”

Emmerdale star Dominic Brunt (Paddy Kirk, the vet) will be a special guest on the day and is being invited to draw the winners’ names.

Mr Smith added: “I have been donated a £200 tandem flight experience with Mark Leavesley, the pilot from Running Wild with Bear Grylls.

“The flight will be in the paraglider used in the show.”

Other top prizes at the raffle will include a family ticket to Drayton Manor, donated by Holiday Inn Express in Birmingham.

So far, fundraising is just reaching £2,100 with a target of £4,000.

“It is amazing how many people have come to help me raise the money to help the hospital.

“The Bear’s Head is having a quiz night (July 13).

“It’s all quite overwhelming, the sheer amount of people who have come forward to help out.

“My next door neighbours, the King’s Head, raised money during the Bishops Castle Beer Fest. They donated a portion of money raised from a certain beer to the hospital.”

Raffle tickets are available from Jamie Wards Butchers in Churchstoke and Wrexham, or the Poppy House in Bishops Castle.

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