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Our Charity Champion...Zakariya Aziz

Press Release   •   Feb 27, 2013 08:42 GMT

Birmingham Children’s Hospital has thousands of supporters and fundraisers who repeatedly go out of their way to make a real difference to our children and young people. Each week we will be telling the story of one our dedicated Charity Champions, to highlight the difference that they are making to the children we treat.

Charity Champion Profile

Name: Zakariya Aziz and Highclare School, Sutton Coldfield

Age:  Five

Occupation: Primary school student at Highclare School, St Paul’s site, Sutton Coldfield.

Hometown: Sutton Coldfield

Zakariya knows first-hand what a difference the money he and his classmates at Highclare School raised will make. His little sister has spent much of the past 12 months being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital for cancer on ward 15. He wants to make a difference, so that children like her can receive their treatment in the best possible environment.

Schoolboy, Zakariya Aziz, has been fundraising with his class mates at Highclare School to make things better for cancer patients and their families on ward 15. Zakariya, whose three year old sister is a patient on our Cancer ward, took part in the schools pancake day race and raised £995 pounds for the hospitals Children’s Cancer Centre Appeal.

A determined young man, Zakariya promised his friends and family he would run as fast as he could whilst flipping a pancake, if they sponsored him in the race. A total of 70 children aged between 3 and 11 took part in the run. The race was split into two categories, the first was a running and pancake flipping contest and the second was an obstacle and pancake flipping race. 

After raising over £17,000 for the hospital to date, pupils from Highclare school recently chose Birmingham Children’s Hospital for their charity of choice again for 2012/13. Mrs Margret Viles who is the head of the school said: “Choosing Birmingham Children’s Hospital as the school’s charity of choice was completely the children’s own idea and it is so nice to be able to support Zakariya who has been spending a lot of time there recently with his sister.”

Zakariya’s sister, Khadija is being treated at the hospital for Burkitt’s Lymphoma which affects the lymph nodes in her stomach. Burkitt’s Lymphoma is the most aggressive form of cancer and can double in size within 24 hours, if left untreated. Following ongoing treatment, Khadija has finally been able to go home after months of intensive chemotherapy. 

Khadija’s oncology consultant Dr Frank Mussai said: “It is so nice that Zakiriya wanted to do something to support his sister. Hopefully Khadija will no longer need treatment when we have reached our £4 million appeal target, but the efforts of Zakariya and his school will make a huge difference to thousands of other patients and families.”  

Thank you so much Zakariya and thank you Highclare school.

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