Harry's Lasting Legacy

Tue 01 September

The Paediatric Neurosciences Ward at Leeds Children's Hospital has undergone a £100,000 refurbishment.

A number of local businesses, non-profits and families pledged support to raise the money needed and we are delighted to say that YBTC donated a whopping £82,000 for the project through funds raised on our behalf by Harry's Star.

The project, undertaken during lockdown, has transformed the ward environment including; a new fully equipped kitchen, refurbishment of four ensuite shower rooms and the installation of ceiling hoists.


The refurbishment was long overdue as many of the young patients spend lots of time on the brain, spiral injuries and neurology ward following operations and rehabilitation. Covid-19 has meant that children and one parent are staying on the ward without other family members being able to visit and so the environment is a real home from home.

Thanks to the ceiling track hoists, patients with little mobility or who struggle with their balance can be safely moved from their bed to other areas on the ward. The new kitchen provides a quiet space away from the ward beds, where parents can take a break and is complete with a breakfast bar, television, and comfy sofas.


For young patients and families who need to be kept in isolation during COVID-19, the refurbishment of the ensuite rooms has provided a modern and comfortable space separate from more clinical areas.

Our donation of £82,000 towards the refurbishment wouldn't have been possible without the generosity of those fundraising for, and supporting, Harry's Star - a YBTC fund set up in memory of Harry who died in November 2010 from a brain tumour at the age of just 10 months old.

Ever since that time, Harry's Mum Claire and her friends, family and wider community have fundraised tirelessly to be able to leave a lasting legacy in Harry's name.

Claire told us, "I personally took a walk round the ward and felt it needed improvement. I remember walking into LGI with Harry and it feeling like an airport. I'd been lucky enough to never have walked into such a big hospital before. I felt sick. Those words of finding out your child has a brain tumour is heartbreaking. It's 10 years on and I have learnt to live with the pain of losing him, but I'm determined to help others and keep his memory alive."

Harry Marsden Mellin's legacy means children and their parents will feel more at home during a very difficult time.

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