The parents of a newborn child will celebrate her christening by holding a family fun afternoon in aid of the charity which helped them while she recovered from a life-threatening illness.
Patryk Zoremba and Charlene Taylor, of Pickering, are inviting the public to join them and their daughter, Maia-Mai, at the event which will be held at Pickering Recreation Club on Sunday from 4pm.
They want to thank The Sick Children’s Trust for their support when Maia-Mai was diagnosed with Strep B, a rare and life-threatening bacterial infection, and needed to stay in Leeds General Infirmary just after her birth in January.
However Patryk and Charlene were able to avoid the daily three hour round trip from their home thanks to The Sick Children’s Trust, who put them up in Eckersley House – a “Home from Home” – during her treatment.
After spending just over a week in Leeds, Maia-Mai was transferred to Scarborough Hospital where she spent a further four days and is now back at home and has recovered well.
Charlene, 27, said: “Patryk and I had never heard of The Sick Children’s Trust until we were in need of their support. We arrived in Leeds with no spare clothes, nowhere to stay and just £30 in our pockets, we were terrified for our little girl but the staff at the accommodation welcomed us in and really helped us to settle and get the rest that we needed.
“Being able to stay in Eckersley House made sure that we could always be by Maia-Mai’s side and for this we will always be thankful. Maia-Mai is our little miracle and we can’t wait to celebrate her christening with all our family and friends.”
The family fun afternoon, which includes a bouncy castle, face painting, disco, hot dog and burger stalls and lots more, will also see Patryk and five of his friends have their chest and legs waxed.
She added: “Everyone has been so generous and we would like to thank the local businesses who have donated raffle prizes for the day. Everyone is welcome and we hope that our local community will be able to come along and help us support The Sick Children’s Trust.”