Sign My Ride to support brave William

Sign My Ride campaign hoping to raise �15,000
Sign My Ride campaign hoping to raise �15,000

A couple are hoping to raise £15,000 to give back to the hospital that saved their son’s life.

Michelle Emerson and Andy Powell, of Warley, Halifax, have started a fundraising campaign where they will invite people to permanently brand their signature on a classic Volkswagen Beetle - in exchange for a donation.

Their five-year-old son William was admitted to the Sheffield hospital in 2011 after being diagnosed with leukaemia and has recently finished treatment.

Andy said: “The level of care that we received at The Children’s Hospital in Sheffield was above and beyond anything we could have expected. Our hands have been held continually by the hospital and what could have been a really devastating time has been made much easier.

“We still have our little boy, he is a cracking little lad and we realise just how lucky we are to have him. We have known many families from our time at the Children’s Hospital who sadly lost their children to the same disease that William had, and that really brings home how lucky we are.”

Michelle added: “It’s a bit of fun and we have had loads of support from sponsors to get the car up and running. It’s not a big effort for us to do this fundraising, all we do is take a bit of time out to try and raise money to help save some other lives. Whatever we can do to help we will.”

The car, which be driven around different events in the region, has already received hundreds of signatures, including one from a 98-year-old lady at the Tramlines Festival.

David Vernon-Edward, director of charity, said: “Michelle and Andy are brilliant supporters of ours. The work they have done in previous years to support our patients is already helping save lives. We are so grateful for their continued efforts to fundraise to help Make it Better for children like William.”