Easter surprise for ill children

Sian Bell
Sian Bell
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MUM-to-be Sian Bell turned Easter bunny to surprise seriously-ill children.

Sian, from Sunderland, is reception manager at Hotel Indigo in Newcastle.

Staff and guests at the venue have been collecting Easter eggs for the past two weeks.

Sian and colleagues Rachel Common and Mark Winter, from Newcastle, visited The Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital, where they handed out more than 50 eggs.

“I am due to have my first baby in June and this brings it home to me how lucky I am to have a healthy baby,” she said.

“All the staff at Hotel Indigo have clubbed together and bought eggs themselves too,

“It’s very heartwarming”.

Hotel operations manager Mark Winter said Hotel Indigo would continue to fund-raise for the Children’s Heart Unit Fund (CHUF).

“It has been a real pleasure to support a local charity, especially as they are caring for children and babies from the whole of the UK as well as the North East and we have been amazed at the generosity of our guests,” he said.

“Our new general manager Paul Borg and I are working on new ideas to fund-raise for CHUF and hope that the local community in the North East will support us to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the charity.”

The Freeman’s specialist children’s heart unit provides coronary care services for youngsters from across the country.

Six-year-old Freya Bingham received a big chocolate bunny from the Hotel Indigo staff.

“I love chocolate, I am so happy. Thank you,” she said.

Freya, from Chesterfield, underwent a life-saving heart transplant last July. She is back on the ward after suffering complications.

Dad Nick paid tribute to the standard of care Freya has received from the doctors, surgeons and nurses at the Freeman Hospital.