'You can’t put a value on a child’s life' - Mum and midwife colleagues to take on Yorkshire Three Peaks to thank Sheffield Children's Hospital for care of her daughter with leukaemia

It’s been eight months since Heidi Howson’s life was turned upside down by a diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Just two weeks before her sixth birthday Heidi’s mum, Lucy, noticed purple spots on her back whilst enjoying a day out with friends at Gulliver’s Valley. Heidi was admitted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital in the days that followed after rashes started to appear on her neck.

She was diagnosed eight days after the first signs, after a bone marrow test, and began intensive chemotherapy to save her life.

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Midwife Lucy took six months off work to care for Heidi and now she is taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks with fellow midwives at Rotherham Hospital in July to support The Children’s Hospital Charity and say thank you for the care of her daughter.

The Howson family - brother Liam, Mum Lucy, Heidi and Dad Ryan.The Howson family - brother Liam, Mum Lucy, Heidi and Dad Ryan.
The Howson family - brother Liam, Mum Lucy, Heidi and Dad Ryan.

Team Heidi is in training, with Heidi’s dad Ryan and big brother Liam joining in to support them. Heidi’s latest tests show that treatment is working but it will continue for two years. Lucy said: “Heidi’s a strong little girl and won’t give up even in the hardest times when she’s feeling poorly from treatment – she knows she has to be poorly to get better.”

“We know Heidi will get better and even though she goes through so much, her prognosis is positive,” Lucy added. “We know the risk of relapse is always going to be there, but we’re thankful for her journey so far. You can’t put a value on a child’s life, and we’ll never stop fundraising as a thank you to everyone who’s supported us.

To donate to Team Heidi’s Yorkshire Three Peaks page, visit https://events.tchc.org.uk/fundraisers/TeamHeidi