A Doncaster man who owns the world’s largest collection of Daleks has been inspired to use his Guinness World Record-breaking collection to help a local charity that supported his family while his granddaughter was fighting for her life.
Rob Hull, from Doncaster, will be giving shoppers as Asda Carcroft the chance to meet his full-size Dalek as he raises money for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund this Saturday.
The charity supports patients from around the Yorkshire, Humber and North Lincolnshire area being treated at the Leeds Congenital Hearts Unit – including Rob’s five-month-old granddaughter Georgie Cutts.
Georgie, also from Doncaster, has Turner Syndrome – a rare genetic condition that can cause heart defects. She has already had two open heart surgeries – the first when she was just a week old – and will need more treatment as she grows up.
Rob said: “We are so grateful for how the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund helped look after my daughter Becky and our family while Georgie was in hospital for two months.
“What we all went through before and after Georgie was born was indescribable. Babies with Turner Syndrome only have a 20 per cent survival rate up to birth, so from the start you are extremely anxious of what will happen.
“Then there was the nightmare of the two operations and complications that set in – at one point we were told Georgie’s major organs had stopped working and the doctors had battled for over an hour to save her life.
“The heart unit in Leeds is phenomenal – there’s no other word. How do you thank such a dedicated, hard-working team of people for saving our granddaughter’s life? These people are not doctors and nurses – they are gods!”
Rob will be exhibiting his Dalek and fundraising for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund at Asda Carcroft tomorrow from 9am until 4pm. He has an online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/Rob-Hull1