“I gave birth to Freya in August 2016. We knew before she was born that she had a heart condition and she was born at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. After she was born, we came back to the Isle of Man (where we live) and then we were sent to Alder hey in September for her first operation.
Freya was in the hospital for a few months, and during that time, I was over here on my own. Freya was critically ill and my other son, who was two years old at the time was at home with my husband. When Christmas came, we were able to spend it together, as a family, in our apartment at Mac House. We put decorations and a tree up, and sent Father Christmas a letter to say that we would be a Mac House rather than home. We all spent Christmas Day together and were able to visit Freya in the hospital. Freya was on ICU (intensive care unit) on Christmas Day, after an operation.
Without Mac House, we would have been bankrupt. Our parents were able to come and stay with us, and it made such a difference staying together as a family and being close to Freya. It was good to be around other families with children at the hospital and staff at Mac House were so friendly and helpful.
Freya is now two years old and is thriving. It’s good that our son was involved in Freya’s hospital stay. He knew what was going on and it really helped him. We have since been back to Mac House to place a plaque on one of the rooms, after a ball was held on the Isle of Man in Freya’s name and raised £6,000. It was great to be back and see everyone.”