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Hospital patient, 15, makes 1,000 origami cranes for ‘good luck’

Sophie Aldred will donate most of the paper cranes to Bristol Royal Hospital For Children.

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Sophie Aldred and her 1,000 paper cranes (University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust/PA)

Sophie Aldred and her 1,000 paper cranes (University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust/PA)

Sophie Aldred and her 1,000 paper cranes (University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust/PA)

A teenager who made 1,000 paper cranes for good luck is to donate most of them to the hospital where she is recovering.

Sophie Aldred, 15, was introduced to origami while at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children by a member of staff.

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(University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

(University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

(University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

She decided to undertake the project of making 1,000 cranes as a way to continue working with origami while Alex, the activity centre coordinator at the hospital, was on holiday.

She said: “I needed to do some form of origami, so I thought I’d do one thousand cranes – apparently it’s good luck in Japan and it felt like that’s what I needed at the moment.”

Sophie took three-and-a-half days to make all 1,000 cranes with some help from her family.

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(University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

(University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

(University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

She will take some cranes home, give the rainbow cranes to her little sister and donate the rest to the hospital.

Mother Katrin Chichester said: “This got us through a tough week and really brought the family together.

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(University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

(University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

(University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust)

“Sophie’s 17-year-old brother made some cranes, Sophie’s little sister’s nanny made some cranes and I did too. It really gave us a focus!”

Sophie, from Bristol, has been in hospital for around five weeks and is said to be recovering well.

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