Eddie Stobart lorry named after brave Rugby girl with half a heart

Jodie Farrell and Jesse-Renee with the Eddie Stobart lorry

Jodie Farrell and Jesse-Renee with the Eddie Stobart lorry

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The family of a baby girl born with half a heart are ‘honoured’ after an Eddie Stobart lorry was named after their daughter.

Jesse-Renee Stanley was born with hypoplastic heart syndrome and has overcome hours of intense surgery with a 50-50 chance of survival.

I would like to say thank you to Eddie Stobart for recognising Jesse-Renee and appreciating what she has been through

Jodie Farrell, Jesse-Renee’s mum

Her parents, Jodie and Stephen, have been raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital in order to give something back for all the care and support they have received so far.

After setting up the Jesse-Renee Charity, the family have now received the honour of having an Eddie Stobart lorry named after their brave daughter after their friend asked the company to donate a raffle prize.

Jodie said she was thrilled that the company had recognised what her daughter had been through in such a short time and the charity the family had worked hard to set up.

“We feel very honoured that it has happened as it is rare that they do this,” she said.

“It was my friend Gemma Sansam that wrote to Eddie Stobart to see if the company could donate a prize to the charity raffle or auction.

“They came back to her and presented her with the certificate.

“I would like to say thank you to Eddie Stobart for recognising Jesse-Renee and appreciating what she has been through in such a short time, and wanting to help the charity raise awareness.”

The personalised Eddie Stobart lorry made a special appearance at Long Lawford’s Summer Fete.

Jodie said: “We would like to thank Long Lawford Fete Committee for choosing the Jesse-Renee Charity to support at the fete this year.

“I would like to say from the bottom my heart that it means so much that people came to support us.

“Also we would like to thank all the local businesses that supported us with the raffle and donated prizes.”

Speaking of the family’s experience with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Jodie said: “Stephen and I wanted to give something back to the hospital as they have saved our daughter’s life and we owe them so much.

“The money raised by the Jesse-Renee Charity will be sent to the heart unit and will be used to buy equipment for wards 11 and 12.

“This may be able to make the stays or treatment at the hospital easier for children with heart defects.”

Jodie and Stephen are selling #TeamJesse wristbands and keychains to promote the charity.