A MOTHER has made an emotional trip back to the hospital where staff tried to save her baby girl to hand over £2,000 raised in her memory.
Sharon Eckert fought back the tears as she visited Ward 23 of Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, yesterday, to deliver cash collected through a series of sponsored events.
Ms Eckert’s daughter, Miley, died at the age of just 14 weeks in November waiting for a heart transplant.
Since February, the 39-year-old from Westmorland Road, South Shields, has been raising awareness of the importance of organ donation through her campaign, In Miley’s Memory.
Together with family and friends, she has also been raising funds for the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation.
As well as the money, a number of cheques have been sent direct to the charity as part of the campaign, while almost £600 has been spent on blankets which have been donated to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Ward 23 – which cares for children with heart conditions.
In Miley’s Memory, supported by the Gazette, has received support from businesses and emergency services across South Tyneside and beyond.
Ms Eckert said: “I can’t believe how much we have achieved with the campaign.
“I never thought, when I launched it, it would get so big.
“I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the campaign.”