Jessica, 5, steps up her stoma awareness campaign with school and hospital donations

Jessica, 5, steps up her stoma awareness campaign with school and hospital donations

by Tom Martin (July 2020)

A BRAVE young girl from Seaforth who is campaigning to raise awareness of colostomy bags for children, is reaching out to even more people!

Jessica Dowle, who is only five years old, suffered from chronic constipation so had a stoma procedure two years ago, which is when an opening is created in the abdomen to provide an alternate way for waste materials to leave the body.

When being cared for at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Jessica was given a ‘Buttony Bear’ which also has a colostomy so the child doesn’t feel alone.

She has raised thousands of pounds for the hospital and bought Buttony Bears for other children who also have the condition.

Last week, Jessica gave two Buttony Bears to her school, Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School, to help raise awareness for other pupils and teachers.

She also donated Buttony Bears at Alder Hey and visited Ronald McDonald House Liverpool where she dropped off a cheque for £210.

Jessica’s mum, Kimberley, said: “Jessica has been very busy the past few months, she’s been raising more money to support Buttony Bear and to support children and parents through social media.

“Jessica has recently been on the BBC North West news to raise stoma awareness which has since helped some families through her Facebook page.

“We have sponsored some stoma bears in Australia! Jessica is carrying on and keeping her fundraising open she will be selling badges too.”

To donate to Jessica’s cause, visit the website www.justgiving.com and search for ‘Jessica’s stoma journey’.

The Our Lady Star of the Sea Primary School pupil has a Facebook group called Jessica’s Stoma Journey, which has thousands of followers.

Jessica has also featured in a TikTok video with youngsters showing off their colostomy bags in daywear then switching to pyjamas - with Jessica showing off her Buttony Bear in the clip!

A stoma is an opening made by a surgeon through an operation.

It sits on the surface of the skin on the abdomen, usually low down on one side. It will stick out a little, above the surface of the skin.

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