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Shiregreen residents take steps to raise funding

24 September 2015

Joanne Staniland, a Sanctuary Housing resident, has completed a sponsored walk to raise nearly £300 for Leeds Children’s Hospital, where staff are treating her three month old granddaughter Esemai la-rose’s very rare heart condition.

Rare heart condition

The baby suffers with hemitruncus, which has left her with breathing difficulties, and the little girl has already had to have life-saving open heart surgery with more operations likely for the future.

Two walks

Joanne, her daughter Shadeen – Esemai’s mum, who is also a Sanctuary resident – and their family and friends hosted two walks, both starting at Sanctuary’s Shiregreen office. A 1.5 mile long children’s walk was followed up by a five mile adults’ hike finishing in Sheffield city centre.


Raising a total of £270, the money will go towards the fundraising target for the ward at Leeds Children’s Hospital where Esemai receives treatment.

Joanne said: “I would like to thank each and every person who took part in the walk and helped raise the money for Leeds Children’s Hospital. I would also like to thank Sanctuary Housing and the Shiregreen neighbourhood team for all their support and work they have done to help spread the word about the cause.”

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager Sophie Lejeune-Peggie added: “It’s wonderful to see the Shiregreen community coming together to support such a great cause, and it has also helped to raise awareness of a rare condition.

“We are very proud of our residents helping to raise funds for something that is very close to their hearts and which helps Leeds Children’s Hospital continue their life-changing work. I wish Esemai and her family all the best for the future.”


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