Cerys is six years old and like any little girl she loves Disney, going to the cinema and adores animals, especially horses. Knowing of her love for horses in particular, Cerys’ nurse at Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital in Brighton nominated Cerys and her family to attend one of our Jockey Club Family Fun Days at Sandown Park Racecourse.
At 4 days old Cerys had lifesaving surgery on her bowel, to remove a diseased section and give her a stoma for three months whilst her intestine grew stronger. Following further tests Cerys was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, which is an inherited condition causing sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system. This causes lung infections and problems with digesting food.
All of Cerys’ six and a half short years on the planet have consisted of two daily physiotherapy treatments, inhalers, nebulisers, antibiotics, vitamins and enzymes that she must take with every meal. Cerys is regularly in and out of hospital for appointments and sometimes must stay in for two weeks whilst she is on IV antibiotics. Nothing seems to get Cerys down and through it all she has never lost her ‘sass’!!
Cerys’ VIP Experience
Cerys, her mum Victoria and nine year old brother Owain were invited to attend the Elmbridge Community Family Fun Day at Sandown Park Racecourse on Saturday 25th July 2019. All guests enjoyed the day from the comfort and luxury of a VIP executive box including a delicious buffet lunch and refreshments as well as being able to watch all the racing action from the box’s private balcony with fantastic views.
The Barrie Wells Trust is very proud to be one of The Jockey Club’s official charity partners. Each of their 15 racecourses donates at least one box a year allowing us to invite lots of deserving children and their families to enjoy a VIP day out. They are great with the children and help make their Box4Kids experience even more special by arranging exclusive extras such as a trip to the parade ring, prize presenting and meet and greets with winning jockeys and trainers.
Cerys’s mum Victoria said ‘’Barrie Wells Trust and The Jockey Club are amazing! Cerys got to go and do something she would have never otherwise have had the opportunity to do. Cerys enjoyed watching the horses and the yummy food and got to spend some quality family time with her brother, making memories in the sunshine’’.
If you have an executive box that you could offer to our initiative for just one event a year, please do get in touch so we can make even more special memories for deserving children like Cerys.