Sky­divers help new ward take wing

Nurses face a very tall chal­lenge to raise cash for Peter Pan pae­di­atric unit

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

A TEAM of li­on­hearted pae­di­atric nurses at Hilling­don Hospi­tal will be putting their nerves to the test when they hurl them­selves out of an aero­plane to raise money.

In to­tal, eight mem­bers of the nurs­ing team will be con­quer­ing their fears in Septem­ber with the hopes of fund­ing new equip­ment for the chil­dren’s ward at the Uxbridge hospi­tal.

So far al­most £1,800 has been raised but the ad­ven­tur­ers need the pub­lic’s help to reach their £5,000 tar­get.

The hospi­tal is cur­rently be­ing up­graded as its Peter Pan Ward is ex­tended to in­clude a spe­cial space for teenagers, a treat­ment room to al­low pri­vacy and four cu­bi­cles with en suite bath­rooms.

Hilling­don’s ac­ci­dent and emer­gency ward for chil­dren has also re­cently un­der­gone a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment.

Funds raised will go to the re­cently re-branded Hilling­don Hospi­tals Char­ity, which raises money for im­prove­ments to Hilling­don Hospi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust health cen­tres.

The char­ity has just launched its first web­site since it be­gan in 1996, and the re­cently ap­pointed char­ity direc­tor An­drew Bick­erdike says he has big plans.

Mr Bick­erdike said: “The hospi­tals are here for all of us when we need them most, and it’s gen­uinely in­spir­ing read­ing the sto­ries of pa­tients and peo­ple who sup­port them.

“Sup­port­ing the hospi­tals, and of­ten the ward where some­one was cared for, is a re­ally per­sonal thing for many peo­ple. It’s ex­cit­ing to think what a dif­fer­ence we can make in the com­ing years with this amaz­ing sup­port.”

The eight pae­di­atric nurs­ing team mem­bers who will be throw­ing them­selves from an air­craft for a good cause are Steve Strut­ton, Natasha Bren­nan, Mai Nguyen, Jas Khalsa, Leila Saadi, Donna Love­lock, Claire Fere­bee and Hol­lie Sum­mer­field.

To sup­port them, visit their Just Giv­ing page.

n LOOK­ING UP: The team of in­trepid sky­divers from Hilling­don Hospi­tal are rais­ing cash for equip­ment at the Peter Pan Ward

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