Harborough mum is helping to boost frontline NHS staff as her children fight their own health battles

Public-spirited Amy Hillier piled up a huge bag of food handed over by her big-hearted neighbours

By Red Williams
Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 2:57 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 2:58 pm

A remarkable Market Harborough mum is helping to boost frontline NHS staff as her children fight their own health battles.

Public-spirited Amy Hillier, 30, piled up a huge bag of food handed over by her big-hearted neighbours.

And the mum-of-three has handed the sizeable donation to grateful key workers at Kettering General Hospital fighting the coronavirus.

Baby Rex with nurses.

Amy, who lives on Harborough’s Tungstone estate, said: “We collected the food at a weekend session of isolation bingo that I help to run – and which is going down a storm.

“Our neighbours and other residents here have been absolutely fantastic.

“They’ve just been so generous – I can’t speak highly enough of them.”

She said her two-year-old daughter Harper has now had successful surgery on a hernia.

“That went well and she was bouncing on her trampoline again as soon as we got home so she’s fine,” said Amy, who runs Miss Amy’s Academy of Dance on Abbey Street, Harborough.

She’s now hoping that her ailing six-month-old baby boy Rex will have a crucial heart operation urgently.

“He has a serious heart condition known as PDA.

“That means he has a valve open that should have shut within 72 hours of him being born,” said Amy.

“He’s been unwell over the weekend and his heart has swollen again.

“So we are taking Rex into Kettering hospital to have him seen to and treated.

“And we are hoping that he will have the surgery on his heart he so badly needs in the next two weeks at Glenfield Hospital or in Birmingham.”