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Leukaemia survivor joins supermarket's hospital fundraiser

CALL FOR SUPPORT: Charlotte Broady, with Woolworths service manager Matt Puxley, is the face of the Ipswich region’s Woolworths Children’s Hospital Foundation appeal.
CALL FOR SUPPORT: Charlotte Broady, with Woolworths service manager Matt Puxley, is the face of the Ipswich region’s Woolworths Children’s Hospital Foundation appeal. Rob Williams

IF YOU'VE been down to get the groceries lately, you may have caught a glimpse of young Charlotte Broady's face.

The Rosewood nine-year-old is not only on the mend after a long fight with leukaemia, but is on a mission to help raise money for the hospitals that helped get her through the battle.

Charlotte is the face of the Woolworths Children's Hospital Foundation appeal, in which customers can purchase a $2 token and have it displayed on the wall of their local supermarket.

Money raised from the appeal across a dozen Woolworths stores in Charlotte's Ipswich region will go towards the children's ward at Ipswich Hospital.

Charlotte's mum Lorraine Broady said her daughter was delighted to be able to give something back to the hospital.

"It was Ipswich that diagnosed her two years ago," Mrs Broady said.

"From there, she spent most of her time at the Royal Children's Hospital."

An extremely sick Charlotte spent Christmas of 2012 in hospital after being diagnosed and sent for immediate chemotherapy treatment.

She eventually underwent a bone marrow transplant, which so far seems to have been successful.

"She is in remission, but won't get the all clear until another three years," Mrs Broady said.

"At the moment she is doing really well. She is back at school and doesn't have to take regular medication anymore."

Woolworths Ipswich service manager Matt Puxley said the community had responded well to the call for help.

Since September 1, the store in the mall alone has sold more than 650 tokens featuring Charlotte's smiling face.

"It has taken off this year because it is benefiting a local hospital," Mr Puxley said.

"People know exactly where the money is going and they know they might have to rely on the hospital some day."

The wall token appeal continues until September 14.

Woolworths has partnered with The Children's Hospital Foundation for more than 28 years, having raised more than $30 million for regional children's hospitals and research.

Topics:  fundraising leukaemia



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