Walk to sup­port PMH

Ellenbrook Advocate - - FRONT PAGE -

AN El­len­brook mum will take part in the Big Walk for PMH this month to raise money for Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal.

Ta­nia Potts re­mem­bers the chal­lenges her twin daugh­ters faced when they were born five weeks pre­ma­ture 21 years ago.

She said if it wasn’t for the med­i­cal staff at PMH, her daugh­ters may not have sur­vived.

“They were so tiny when they were born five weeks pre­ma­ture at only 3lbs 1oz and 4lbs 3 oz,” she said.

Ms Potts said she now wanted to give back to help other fam­i­lies of pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

“The amaz­ing health pro­fes­sion­als at PMH have helped our fam­ily so much over the years, start­ing off with the ba­bies when they were born pre­ma­turely and then deal­ing with all of the usual stock-stan­dard is­sues like bro­ken legs and trips to emer­gency af­ter be­ing wor­ried about fevers,” she said

“Be­cause of the in­cred­i­ble care we’ve had, I’ve al­ways do­nated to the Perth Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion. For the most part my girls were healthy and happy and their time at PMH was short-term, but many fam­i­lies are not so lucky and our chil­dren’s hospi­tal needs as many re­sources as pos­si­ble, which is why I’m keen to raise as much money as pos­si­ble by tak­ing part in the Big Walk.”

The Big Walk for PMH raised $84,000 last year, with 2000 peo­ple tak­ing part.

Or­gan­is­ers hope this year will be even big­ger, with par­tic­i­pants able to walk 6km or 15km.

PMH Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Denys Pearce said the Big Walk for PMH had raised more than $1 mil­lion since it started 21 years ago.

“We’re enor­mously grate­ful for the sup­port the com­mu­nity has pro­vided over the years,” he said.

The Big Walk for PMH will kick off on Novem­ber 12 at Bur­swood Park.

Emily, Ta­nia and Sarah Potts.

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