Its every parents worse nightmare being told that your child is seriously ill – help for little Ava #4ava

  • 19/05/2014

Its every parents worse nightmare being told that your child is seriously ill. That is what happened in January to Heaney Watson’s Kelly Stoke and her husband. Kelly Stokes had recently moved from the their York street office in Liverpool to head up the Manchester branch. She �was just starting to settle into her new role making new friends before tragedy struck.

Ava was only 21 months old when she was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma� in January. This is a rare and aggressive form of cancer which affects the liver in children.

�This is an epic fight for any one, never mind a child so small and young. Since January she has undergone blood transfusions, chemotherapy above and beyond an ‘adults dose’, numerous tests and has had a central line fitted. The side effects are awful but Ava has been fighting with a smile upon her face.

�Since Ava was diagnosed she has had had the majority of her treatment at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool. On Tuesday 13th May she was however moved to Birmingham hospital for a major operation to reconstruct her liver the following day. This was exactly 4 months and a day since she was diagnosed.

�Due to complications the operation was unable to take place and the hunt therefore started to find a liver for transplant.

�As stated throughout the process Ava has never stopped smiling, laughing and chatting, she has been bossing around everyone including the medical staff. She has been an inspirational along with her parents who have practically lived at Alder Hey hospital with her.

�Kelly and her family have drawn so much support from all the best wishes and messages from the legal community that has for so long been an integral part of her life. To help them with their fight Heaney Watson, headed up my Managing director Simon Heaney sent many of their team from the Liverpool and Manchester offices out and about with t-shirts emblazoned with the hashtag ‘#4Ava’. Photographs were taken of many local family firms and societies and these were sent to Kelly each hour on Wednesday 14th May when Ava was due to undergo her operation. Both Heaney Watson and Kelly and her family would like to thank everyone who took part.

�shirt dash and still want to help Heaney Watson are trying to raise money for Alder Hey to thank them for all the help they have provided Ava and her family.� Simon Heaney is later this month running a marathon to raise money and other ideas are in the pipeline.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please send any money to Heaney Watson St Johns Chambers, St John Street Manchester M3 4DA. Alternatively you can �donate by text to 70070 type AVAS95 followed by � or via just giving:-


�Both Heaney Watson and Kelly Stoke and her family thank you all for your support in this awful fight.