1st June 2023

A former patient at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children has donated her paintings to say thank you for the care she received. 

Amanda Hughes was nine years old when she was diagnosed with anorexia, however nine months later it was noticed she was feeling her way around and she was sent for an eye test.

Four days after her 10th birthday, Amanda was diagnosed with a brain tumour. It was removed at Frenchay Hospital and she had further treatment at Bristol Children's Hospital.

She said:

What the hospital did for me was amazing. The nurses and doctors were amazing. There were lots of extra touches that helped me.

"It's 30 years ago this year, and although the delay in treatment cause me to suffer a brain injury and a few other side effects, I hold down a job, I make my own clothes, I paint pour and can book fold any book into a portrait. I've never let my brain injury keep me down."

Amanda donated two paintings to Apollo Ward at the hospital, helping to brighten up the space for children having treatment for cancer now.

From everyone at Apollo Ward and Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity, we want to say a big thank you to Amanda for her generous donation.

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