Havant teenager Lewis is stuck in hospital - so staff helped him build a snowman

STUCK in a hospital bed while other children across the country play in the snow, Havant teenager Lewis Hine put out a call on social media for his followers to send in pictures of the snow.

Friday, 2nd March 2018, 9:54 am
Updated Friday, 2nd March 2018, 12:59 pm

The 16-year-old, who has had a brain tumour since he was 17 months old, has been in Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for the last week.

Lewis said: ‘It is just my luck that I had to go into hospital the week that it snows and it has not snowed in years.

‘So I decided to ask people on social media to be my eyes and send me pictures of the snow and the reaction was incredible.’

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Lewis received photos not only of England but from across the world including a skyline of New York with a personalised note.

He said: ‘There were so many amazing photos and I had one from New York which had a little post it note on it that said hi Lewis and just having all the pictures was really great.’

A boss from GOSH, which sees over 200,000 patients a year, saw Lewis’ social media post and asked play workers to give him a special gift.

Lewis’ mum, Emma said: ‘The play workers went up to the roof garden and collected a box of fresh snow and then brought it to Lewis and helped him make a snowman.

‘It was a truly lovely thing to do and I still can’t believe it happened and it made Lewis quite emotional.’

Lewis added: ‘I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone especially the workers as it was so nice to play with the snow and kept me entertained for a while.’

Despite his long-term illness Lewis has set up a Friend Finder scheme to help younger people who find it hard to socialise to connect with others, organised a prom for those who missed their own due to illness and won a string of awards for his work including the Mobile Innovation of the Year accolade at The Digital Leaders 100 Awards, a Radio 1 Teen award and won The Hero of the Year at The News Youths Awards.