3:38pm Wednesday 26th November 2008
By Nicola Davies
THE sister of one-year-old triplets born with serious health problems is organising a fashion show featuring live bands to raise cash for a children’s charity at Alder Hey hospital.
Lucy Lambert, a 19-year-old fashion student at Chester University, was moved to put on the event at WA1 on Monday, December 15, to raise the profile of Ronald Mcdonald House Charities, which provides free accommodation for families of children needing inpatient care in hospitals and hospices.
Since the birth of her brothers Sam, Joseph and Ben Cunningham, Lucy’s family have been commuting between Warrington and Alder Hey hospitals where Joseph recently underwent major open heart surgery after being diagnosed with a ‘vascular ring’ – a very rare congenital heart condition.
Surgeons brought the tot’s heart forward in his chest to stop his aorta from choking him.
Lucy’s mum, Beverley, and stepdad, Andrew, are waiting to see if Ben, who is Joseph’s idential twin, will need the same operation.
Sam also cheated death when he contracted group B septacemia at five weeks old. Although his condition was spotted early enough to prevent the onset of meningitis, he spent time on a life support machine in Alder Hey.
Now, older sister Lucy wants to put something back in the coffers of the charity that helped her family in its time of need.
Lucy, of Ellesmere Road, in Walton, said: “I have always supported charities but since mum had the triplets and they have been spending so much time in hospital this charity has become personal to me and I want to give something back to them.
“It’s not one of the really well known charities and I think more people should know about it.”
Lucy, who wants to be a fashion designer and is in the second year of her degree, will exhibit six collections of a combination of her designs along with those sold in Ibizaar, in Stockton Heath, alongside performances from the six Indie bands, some of which have featured on the music channel Kerrang.
There will also be a charity raffle with prizes donated from stores and restaurants around Warrington, which will include free gym passes and a free hair cut.
Doors will open at 7.30pm and the admission charge of £3 will be donated to the charity and will also contribute to Lucy’s college fashion show in June.
She added: “I got the idea for the fashion show with bands when I was in WA1 recently.
“My garments range from women’s couture and evening wear to menswear and they will be modelled on the evening.
“The Spar, where my stepdad works, has sponsored the event and covered the cost of hiring WA1.
“I’m really excited about the evening and I hope lots of people turn out to support the charity.”
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