Peter Pan run­ner is ready to fly

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN Uxbridge IT worker will be run­ning in the half marathon to help sick and ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren.

David Booth, 33, hopes to raise £1,000 for the Peter Pan ward at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal to sup­port the ‘amaz­ing’ work they do – whilst dressed as the char­ac­ter him­self.

He said: “The Peter Pan ward de­liver fan­tas­tic sup­port to chil­dren who be­come poorly. Sadly, the de­mand is ever grow­ing and now a build­ing ex­ten­sion is re­quired to ac­com­mo­date the kids who re­quire treat­ment.

“There is also a hope to build sep­a­rate units which will al­low the chil­dren’s par­ents to stay with their kids through the nights.

“There will be a need to dec­o­rate and fur­nish and ideally equip a room which would be de­signed to help re­lax, en­ter­tain and help re­cov­ery for the kids.”

Father-of-one Mr Booth, who works in Uxbridge and lived in Hilling­don for 30 years, has friends and fam­ily who work as part of the Peter Pan ward team.

He said: “They sup­port the kids on a daily ba­sis – I think the work they do is amaz­ing.

“I can only imag­ine how dif­fi­cult it must be car­ing for so many poorly chil­dren and hope I can help ease the pres­sures with some im­prove­ments.

“I be­lieve that the kids who have to visit the ward will ben­e­fit from the work and it would be won­der­ful to help im­prove the con­di­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence for the pa­tients.”

Mr Booth will be run­ning the Hilling­don Half Marathon on Easter Mon­day, March 28.

If you would like to spon­sor him to raise money for the Peter Pan ward, visit his Just­Giv­ing page.

n STRAIGHT ON TILL MORN­ING: David Booth is train­ing to run in aid of the Peter Pan Ward at Hilling­don Hos­pi­tal

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