Woolwich children’s ward receives toy shed donation from dad

PUBLISHED: 10:09 27 September 2011 | UPDATED: 11:55 27 September 2011

Lillie Ann pictured with the shed which wasd donated by her father

Lillie Ann pictured with the shed which wasd donated by her father


A father whose daughter cannot walk has donated a toy shed to the ward which help treat her.

Daniel Chart, 37, whose daughter Lillie Ann, 5, is a patient on Safari Ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, spent three weeks raising the £250 to buy the shed as his way of saying thanks to the staff.

Lillie Ann, who is a pupil at Millennium Primary School in John Harrison Way, Greenwich, was diagnosed with Spinal muscular atrophy type 2 condition, when she was 14-months-old. It means her muscles are wasting away as her brain sends distorted messages to the nerve cells in her spinal chord. It is a rare disease which affects approximately 1 in 6,500 babies born, with around 100 new cases diagnosed each year.

Mr Chart, of John Harrison Way, Millennium Village, Greenwich, who donated the shed last Thursday (22), the day after his daughter was discharged, said: “It only took me three weeks to fund raise the money for the toy shed with the help from local residents and businesses in the Greenwich Millennium Village.

“I wanted to say a big thank you to all the staff that care for Lillie Ann. They all do an amazing job at providing care to her and the children. Anyone who has ever had a child stay on Safari Ward knows just how important these donations are to the children’s ward.”

Senior play specialist at SLHT Carol Sullivan-Wallis said: “We would like to say thank you to Daniel and his family for this kind donation of the toy shed. It will help keep all the toys safe and in good condition. These types of donations really do make a difference to us and the children on the ward.”

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