Big-hearted Hackney shopkeepers raise funds for youngster suffering brain injury

14:26 24 January 2011

Six-year-old Ruby and mer mum abd dad, Catherinf and Simon Lambert

Six-year-old Ruby and mer mum abd dad, Catherinf and Simon Lambert


THE family of a little girl who suffered a debilitating brain injury this week thanked Hackney shopkeepers who helped raise almost £20,000 for her care.

In a touching display of community spirit, Broadway Market shopkeepers rallied together offering their goods for free at an auction to help six-year-old Ruby Lambert.

Ruby currently receives round-the-clock care at the Children’s Trust in Surrey after losing much of her movement and speech in a brain injury in April.

The youngster had been at school in Islington when without warning she suffered heart failure, starving oxygen to her brain.

Ruby’s devastated parents, Catherine Newell and Simon Lambert of Bethnal Green, had no idea Ruby had an underlying heart condition and are now desperately trying to raise £150,000 for specialist treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Mum Catherine said: “The hospital has the world’s best child specialist program in Hypoxic brain injury (which Ruby suffered). There’s just no equivalent in the UK.

“With children there is usually a two-year window to get this sort of intensive rehabilitation work done, so it is an emergency. We’re hoping to go in April.”

To help raise vital funds, businesses from Broadway Market and local artists donated pieces to an auction held at Rochelle School recently.

“The response was just overwhelming,” Catherine said.

“The Broadway Market shops and stallholders were so generous, contributing lovely luxury goods like meals for two, haircuts, flowers and a top-of-the-range bike.”

The family is also donating 10 per-cent of the auction’s proceeds to London’s Air Ambulance which transported Ruby after her collapse.

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  • What an inspiring story. Thanks to all the good and generous people who have donated. Please raise the profile of this campaign and check out for more ways to join in and help Ruby.

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    Adam F

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • This story needs to be read by as many people as possible. Ruby and her family are a real inspiration - go and see their website at to see how many things they are organising.

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    Dave Azzopardi

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • Great to read about such a positive reaction to such a tragic event as a little girl's childhood being taken away like this. Here's to a great community and a huge amount of respect for everyone involved in Ruby's campaign and to Ruby herself for her drive to keep on getting better bit by bit. With everyone's help who know how far she will go?

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    El Barfelini

    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • This is an amazing story of courage and inspiration. Ruby and her family are showing so much determination - we're willing them on to more and more success.

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    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • What an inspiring story. I hope little Ruby and her parents make it to that American hospital. Will you keep us updated on Ruby's progress? PS this article made me homesick for Bethnal Green. I moved away eleven and a half years ago.

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    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • I went to the auction, which was a brilliant event. The donated items were amazing! Ruby and her parents deserve all the help they can get - their strength and determination is really incredible. I have been following their story on their website ( - seeing how far Ruby has come already, the opportunity to get specialist treatment in the US would be really fantastic.

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    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • Ruby has come a long way since last Easter and desperately needs to have access to specialist care to support her progress. The website has been really well designed and gives lots of information. We are all really hoping for great success for Ruby and her parents. The help so far has been great, it needs to keep coming!

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    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • This is a great story. Ruby is a very brave little girl and her parents have kept strong and determined all through this ordeal. They truly deserve all the help they can get! I have also been following her story on and can only urge everyone to see for themselves how far Ruby has come!

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    Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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