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The inspiration behind Sturgess Motor Group donating electric cars to the Children’s ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary

When Leicester Royal Infirmary contacted Sturgess Motor Group about donating an electric car to their children’s ward, they knew that this was something they wanted to do, as the LRI have helped members of the Sturgess team through the years.

One in particular is 23-year-old Sian Baxter, Service Advisor at Sturgess Jaguar Land Rover who was diagnosed with Leukaemia as a child. Sian was passionate about giving back to the people who helped her when she was in hospital, and wanted to show how there is a future after undergoing life changing surgery as a child.

‘I was diagnosed with a form of hereditary Leukaemia which missed a generation each time at 18 months old. I was taken in immediately to the Royal from our family GP. I spent a year in Ward 27 at the LRI, occasionally coming home for Christmas. I underwent Chemotherapy & lost weight rapidly and my immune system plummeted as a result,” commented Sian Baxter.

“My parents were advised at one point the next 10 days would be touch & go as to whether I would pull through,” Sian continued.

“When I found out that we were contacted by the team at the Children’s ward at the LRI, I knew how providing mini cars so the children can go to surgery, would have a positive impact on their time in hospital.”

Sian still attends regular outpatient appointments and will have to be continuously monitored for the rest of her life.It was with the help of the doctors and nurses that work tirelessly each day saving young people lives that Sian and other children are able to continue with their lives after.

“We would like to say thank you to all the members of the LRI for what they do, and we hope that our donation has helped in some way, children’s experience when they go to surgery.” Says Sturgess Motor group Chairman Chris Sturgess.”