THE stepfather of a seriously ill little girl has completed a week of charity treks to thank the people who helped save her life.
Eight-year-old Eve Anderson’s family were shattered when the schoolgirl was rushed into hospital on Valentine’s Day with a mysterious bleed on the brain.
The youngster’s chances of survival were 50/50 but she is now on the road to recovery at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary. As she fights her way back to health, her loved ones pledged to raise cash for the RVI’s Children’s Head Injury Equipment Fund (Chief).
Over the last seven days her stepfather Peter Miller has walked from the family home at Roslin Park, in Bedlington, to Eve’s bedside – clocking up a total around 105 miles.
The civil servant said his challenge has drummed up around £5,000 so far with many more donations still expected to flood in.
He said: “It is the equivalent of four marathons in seven days. It has been hard work. I would like to say thank you to everyone who got in touch and helped throughout the week.
“I made £140 from people just stopping me and giving me some change. The response has been absolutely excellent.
“People have really taken Eve to their heart and this is people who don’t even know her, people from all over the place.
“Hopefully this could be the start of raising money and awareness for Chief in the future.”
Mr Miller said Eve is able to nod her head for “yes” and shake her head for “no” but the shock illness has brought the family, which includes mother Lee Miller and Eve’s natural father Ian Anderson, closer together.
Mr Miller said: “It is a life changing experience for us all and we are all going through that together. The support from everyone outside has helped massively. It just shows how much of a lovely little girl Eve is.”
Mr Anderson said it had also been an emotional experience for him.
Speaking at the end of Mr Miller’s mission at the RVI on Sunday, he said: “Eve will never forget this and I will never forget this has been done.
“It is all for a good, good cause. I hope everyone had a good day and I really, really appreciate it, from the bottom of my heart. It was emotional for me.
“The response from members of the public from all over the North East has been great.
“They are fantastic people. I am pleased with all the support they have given us this week. It really restores your faith in people.
“Eve is making small steps – they are all positive and optimistic steps but she has a long journey ahead of her. She has touched the hearts of a lot of people.”
To sponsor Mr Miller go to www.justgiving.com/eveanderson