Parents of battling Hartlepool baby hold street party to thank hospital

Connie Young with mum Helen Dawson and dad David Young at their street party in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday
Connie Young with mum Helen Dawson and dad David Young at their street party in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday

The parents of a battling Hartlepool baby say they’re overwhelmed by the support they’ve received from the people of the town.

Little Connie Young is currently awaiting a second operation after being diagnosed with a rare bowel condition.

Street party in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday

Street party in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday

The five-month-old was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease, which affects just one in 5,000 babies, after she became ill just 24 hours after her birth. After spending six-and-a-half weeks in hospital, her parents Helen Dawson and David Young are keen to give something back to the doctors and nurses who cared for her – and them – along the way.

On Saturday, they held a party in their street, Celandine Gardens, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, to raise funds for the Sick Children’s Trust and Ward 9 at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Neighbours joined them for an afternoon of games, raffles, stalls, and a barbecue.

Helen, 31, said: “The amount of people who turned up was just amazing. We never expected this kind of response.

Connie Young with mum Helen Dawson and their street party organisers Lizzy Newton (left) and Rebecca Stockdale, who made the cakes, all in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday

Connie Young with mum Helen Dawson and their street party organisers Lizzy Newton (left) and Rebecca Stockdale, who made the cakes, all in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday

“We’ve raised about £500 for the hospital and we haven’t even finished counting all the money yet.

“Hartlepool Fire even came along with an engine so the kids could have a go and it was just a brilliant day, we can’t believe how supportive everyone has been.”

She added: “Connie is sometimes a bit unsociable but she was great at the party.

“She’s doing really well at the minute and we’re just waiting for the date of her next operation, we’re hoping it’s going to be before Christmas, but for now we’re just back and forward from the hospital so they can check on her.

Street party in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday

Street party in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday

“We want to raise awareness of the condition that Connie has, but also to thank the staff at the hospital who have looked after us so well.

“We stayed at Crawford House while she was in hospital, and it was like our home. The Sick Children’s Trust runs it and we want to help them help other parents.”

Street party in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday

Street party in aid of the Childen's Trust and Ward 9 Newcastle RVI, in Celandine Gardens, Bishop Cuthbert, Hartlepool, on Saturday

Connie Young (9 weeks) with her dad David and mum Helen Dawson.

Connie Young (9 weeks) with her dad David and mum Helen Dawson.