COURAGEOUS Charlie Ramsey has inspired a fresh fund raising drive, pulling together £20,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
The ten-year-old, from Olton, was born with a serious heart defect and has been through ten operations during her short life.
Half of these have involved open-heart surgery, but despite lengthy spells in hospital, the youngster has remained upbeat.
The cash was raised in the last year through the Charlie Ramsey Research Fund, set up to help study treatments for complicated heart problems.
The charity, founded by Charlie’s family in 2002, has raised over £90,000 to help the hospital which has cared for her.
Her mum Sandra, aged 42, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to give something back to the hospital because it has done so much for us.
“Charlie is one of up to 600 children every year, diagnosed with only half a functioning heart.
“It is for this reason that the charity was set up, to raise money for research in the hope that one day a cure can be found.”
The little girl’s story has inspired many, including the Sheldon-based Chelis School of Dance.
This year the troupe staged a show in aid of the youngster, their efforts raising over £3,000.
More details about the charity are available at www.crrf.org.uk.