STAFF and pupils at Rishworth School have thanked a charity that supported teachers Stuart and Rebecca Ogden through a traumatic time.
The school has presented The Sick Children’s Trust with £675 after Mr and Mrs Ogden spent six weeks at the charity’s Eckersley House, Leeds.
Last January their daugther Katherine, then three, was seriously injured in a Halifax road accident at Stead Street and was airlifted to Leeds Infirmary.
Mr Ogden, of Ripponden, said: “When Katherine was hit by an articulated lorry we were distraught.
“Her injuries were so serious to her lower body that Yorkshire Air Ambulance had to airlift her to the hospital, where she stayed for just over two months. When we arrived in Leeds we had no idea where we were going to stay and didn’t want to leave her side for one second, let alone drive the 450minute trip back home every night.
“Thankfully The Sick Children’s Trust’s home- from-home Eckersley House gave us somewhere to stay so my wife and I could take it in turns to remain by her bedside.
“It’s literally across the road from the ward, so it meant we were never more than a few moments away.
“It also helped us keep our family together as our seven-year-old son Sam would come up and stay at the weekends too.
“It’s a lovely, homely environment and at one of the worst times of our life provided my family with a sanctuary away from the chaos of the hospital.”
The school’s Parent Teacher Association organised two quiz nights and a silent uuction for The Sick Children’s Trust and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Mr Ogden said Katherine, now four, was doing very well and making excellent progress.
She started at Barkisland School in September.
“She is a bright, able girl and is also making very good progress with her injuries,” he said.
“Her mobility is good and we are very proud of her.”