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Dynamic duo have a real head for heights
8:00pm Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
MORE than 100 people are set to abseil 90 feet down the side of the Great Western Hospital to raise money for the new children’s emergency department.
As a part of the Adver’s Making It Better appeal, the charity abseil will encourage donations towards a fundraising target of £20,000.
The December 7 fundraiser will split its takings half-and-half between funding for the emergency department (ED) and charity Action for Children, with a hope that £22,000 will be reached in total.
Organisers are hoping more than 100 staff, former patients and members of the public will tackle the descent.
That figure has been reached on the previous three occasions the abseil has been held.
Two emergency department staff are taking part themselves and are nervous about going over the edge but said it would all be worthwhile.
Dr Charlotte Kelly, a consultant in the department for 10 years, knew little about the event when it was sprung upon her by fellow consultant Dr Steve Haig.
She said: “I am only doing it because he told me I had to. He came up to me and said ‘by the way, Charlotte, I’ve signed you up for a charity abseil’.
“It’s a bigger drop than I first realised and I haven’t done anything like this since I was 11 on a Parents Get Lost camp.
“My biggest worry is I’m working on the same day as the abseil, so I won’t have much time to compose myself after doing it.
“I do think I’m supposed to be leading the trauma team that day, so if I fall I may need some attention from the team myself.”
Steve, who has worked within emergency departments since 1997, said: “I had a bit of experience with the military doing this kind of thing, but that was 20 years ago.
“The day before I signed Charlotte up I was told we had to have a senior member of the ED team, so I put her and myself in, just to make sure we were well-represented.
“I think that when the building is finished the ED will be a lot better than it was previously. Just seeing the work which has already been carried out shows how much improvement is still to come. “The care for children will improve significantly.”
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, call Hannah Persaud to talk about other ways to fundraise on 01793 605631, or email her at email@example.com.
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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