Isabella is no stranger to our hospitals, having had several operations for cleft lip and palate over the years.

But despite all she has been through, the eight-year-old from Wokingham was quick to think of other young patients during her recent stay in the Oxford Children’s Hospital.

Her mum, Debbie, told us: ‘When Isabella was last in hospital recovering from surgery she was given some lovely toys to distract her by one of the Play Specialists on Robin’s Ward.

“She immediately decided she wanted to fundraise for the Spires Cleft Centre and the Children’s Hospital to make sure there were even more things in the playroom to help other children.

“I am so impressed by her, she really is a little ray of sunshine, always thinking of others.”

The family organised a fundraising afternoon at Borough Football Club, raising around £1,600 for the Spires Cleft Centre where Isabella had her operation and the Oxford Children’s Hospital.

The sun shone for Isabella’s event, with tombola, cake stalls, music and even rides on a miniature steam engine!

Debbie and Isabella recently came in with their donations and met with Mark Swan and Lucy McAndrew from the Cleft Lip and Palate team and Chantelle, Children’s Hospital Play Specialist.

And some of the charity team was able to thank them in person when they came in recently to deliver their kind support.

It means such a lot when young patients get behind the charity!

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