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GWH Staff saddle up to net cash
STAFF at the Great Western Hospital have got on their bikes to raise money for the new children’s Emergency Department.
Nine hospital staff started pedalling their way from London to Paris yesterday afternoon in a sponsored bike ride which will see the team travel more than 240 miles for the cause.
Participants have spent the best part of the past seven months training for the event, which is the first of its kind at the GWH.
They know it will test their willpower, stamina and endurance as they take on the gruelling challenge over the next four days.
Oonagh Fitzgerald, the director of workforce and education, is one of the team taking part in the event to raise money for the new ED.
Oonagh said: “I have two children and I live in Ogbourne St Andrew, so it’s my local hospital as well as being where I work so if we ever needed it, that’s where we would go.
“I think the work they are doing there is really good and I wanted to do something to support them.
“This is my New Year’s resolution and it’s the first New Year’s resolution I’ve actually been able to keep.
“I’m not a cyclist and I’ve never done anything like this before – I’ve only cycled about five times in the last 20 years before training for this.
“I heard about the challenge just before New Year when I was thinking through resolutions and I was keen to get healthier and fitter, so it fitted in nicely.
“Also as director of workforce and education for the hospital, I am keen to promote health and wellbeing for our staff so I wanted to practise what I preached.
Communications manager Kevin McNamara is also taking part in the challenge to help raise money for the new children’s emergency department.
He said: “My daughter needed to use the service and they did an amazing job but I could see a department separate from the adult ward would be an improvement.
“After Christmas I was thinking I wanted to do something to get healthier and also something for charity, so when this came up it seemed like a good opportunity.”
So far the team have raised more than £5,000 of their £10,000 target for the GWH NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund, Brighter Futures, which goes towards providing equipment, capital projects, research, staff training and other equipment that falls outside of the NHS budget.
Some participants have chosen to dedicate their fundraising efforts to specific projects such as the new children’s ED and oncology, while others have dedicated it to general funds.
More than £11,000 has already been raised towards the new children’s Emergency Department at GWH after the Adver launched its Making It Better appeal last month to raise £20,000 towards the new children’s Emergency Department.
The money which will help put children at ease in the new children’s emergency department, will have iPads, toys and a refreshment stand, which the department cannot afford with its NHS budget alone.
If you would like to donate visit the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/GWH-ED-Appeal or text GWED50 with your amount to 70070. People can also claim gift aid at no extra cost.
Alternatively, donate by cheque, make a donation in person at the cashiers office on the ground floor, or email or call the fundraising manager Hannah Persaud to talk about other ways to fundraise on 01793 605631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheques can be made out to Great Western Hospital and sent to Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Department, Trust HQ, Floor Two, Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN3 6BB.
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