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Friends and family pull together for baby Archie


A


local fun day raised more than £5,000 for a 14-month-old boy who was in intensive care


after doctors could not find what was wrong with him. Lisa Knapp, 22, and her friend Jamie Higgs,


both from Abbots Langley, organised a fun day on Sunday, August 28, to raise funds for the charity COSMIC (Children of St Mary‘s Intensive Care) and for their long-standing friends Alby Bleakley and Jenni Pyle, also from Abbots Langley. Alby and Jenni are the parents of Archie


Bleakley, who is currently being treated in the hospital for an unknown illness. Lisa told My Abbots News: ―Archie began


fitting on Sunday, August 2, and was rushed into Watford General Hospital before being transferred to St Mary‘s. He was put into an induced coma to stop the fitting and was in intensive care for a week. ―He has a blood clot in his leg and although he


has had MRI scans and a lumbar puncture, the tests still haven‘t found what is wrong. He is gradually getting better and surprised everyone on the fun day by coming along.‖ The day included a charity football match between family and friends against the Bell pub. More than 100 people attended and raised £5,395. Lisa said: ―As well


14-month-old baby Archie.


as the charity football match, we had a barbecue, bake sale, raffle, auction and a race night in the evening. We had some great prizes donated to us by local c omp a ni e s a nd e ve ryone real ly enjoyed themselves. ―Originally it was


Jamie who decided on the football match to raise money, but with the help of more and more people it soon turned into a jam-packed fun day. We had only hoped to raise £500.‖ ―Archie is such a strong little boy and before he


was taken ill he was always without a smile on his face. It is great news that he is slowly getting better and we hope that the money raised will help the family.‖ COSMIC supports the Pediatrics Intensive


Care Unit at St Mary‘s Hospital. Each year the unit treats more than 400 critically ill children. To donate visit archiebleakley.


Pictured above: Charity football match with Bell FC in yellow and Alby’s team in red and Archie’s dad gets his head shaved.


www.justgiving.com/ by Tori Giglio


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