In May 2010, 13 year old Meghan Frost, from Hartley in Kent, was diagnosed with Craniopharyngioma, a very rare type of brain tumour. Meghan was rushed to King’s College Hospital where she underwent two successful operations.
Six years on, Meghan has made a good recovery, but will continue to take medication for the rest of her life. She is now studying towards a degree in childhood studies at Canterbury Christchurch University.
Following her treatment at King’s and the great care she received, Meghan decided that she wanted to raise money for the ward she was treated on.
In 2011 she persuaded her dad, Marc, to do the King’s Skydive. The pair also took part in the King’s Abseil, down the front of the Golden Jubilee Wing at King’s.
Meghan and her dad were aiming to raise £10,000, but following the skydive, abseil and various fundraising events at Meghan’s school, Cobham Hall, they raised an amazing £50,000.
Meghan and her family came to King’s to officially open the refurbished wards on 15 April. The opening was also attended by individuals involved with Meghan’s care and the refurbishment of the wards, including Mrs Rani Kamaran-Nair, Ward Manager; Mr Nick Thomas, Consultant Neurosurgeon who performed one of her operations; and Professor Anil Dhawan, Clinical Director for Child Health.
Meghan said: “Family and friends have been very generous, as well as people we haven’t even met before.
“My decision to study childhood studies at university was inspired by my time at King’s. I did work experience on Lion Ward – the ward I was treated on – and also spent some time with the Fundraising Team. I’m so happy to be able to make such a difference to the wards, and it’s great to come back and see it all.”
Lion Ward and Princess Elizabeth Ward have been redecorated, with a new, soothing, colour scheme throughout. There is also a new 3D interactive distraction unit for use during procedures.
Mrs Rani Kamaran-Nair, Ward Manager on Lion Ward, said: “Meghan and Marc’s donation really has made a huge difference to the wards and we’re very thankful to them.
“The new parent’s room is particularly great as it gives families a nice place to relax in and spend some time away from a ward setting.”
Photo caption (from left to right): Mr Nick Thomas, Consultant Neurosurgeon; Meghan Frost; Marc Frost and Rani Kamaran-Nair, Ward Manager.