Imperial Health Charity’s biggest ever sponsored walk raised more than £9,000 to fund exciting improvement projects for dozens of wards and departments across the Trust.
More than 130 people took part in Walk for Wards, completing the two or five mile challenge around Paddington and Regent’s Park.
Proud hospital staff joined grateful patients and members of the local community for the event on Sunday 9 July, raising vital cash to support the ward that means the most to them.
A total of 637 miles were covered during the walk – the same distance as trekking from Big Ben to John O’Groats.
Among the walkers were nurses from the Victor Bonney gynaecology ward at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, the chemotherapy day unit at Hammersmith and the adult intensive care unit at St Mary’s.
One nurse, Savi Ramkissoon from the ICU team, showed remarkable dedication to the cause by taking part in the walk only four hours after finishing a long night-shift on the ward.
Laura Kell, Head of Fundraising at Imperial Health Charity, said: “We have been blown away by the fantastic efforts of all our fundraisers. Every step they took at Walk for Wards and every penny they raised will help us help our hospitals do more.
“We are so grateful to everyone who took part or volunteered to help out on the day.”
The walk inspired dozens of patients whose lives have been transformed by the extraordinary care of the Trust’s top doctors and nurses to give back to the NHS by fundraising for the charity.
Tim O’Sullivan zipped round the course in no time at all, running the entirety of the route to support the cancer day care team at Hammersmith Hospital who have looked after his father during a long fight against Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
“The hospital have been amazing in their care towards my Dad,” said Tim. “Without the donations given to the charity at previous events, the journey we have been on would have been 10 times harder with even more challenges to face.”
Inspired by stories from Walk for Wards? You can find out more about fundraising for Imperial Health Charity at www.imperialcharity.org.uk/fundraising-events
If you’d like to know more about volunteering opportunities with the charity, visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk/volunteer
A medical student who spent Christmas in a coma after being hit by a car was reunited with the medics who saved his life at Walk for Wards.
Matt Gunnee met the team from the adult intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital after completing the five-mile sponsored walk.
The 22-year-old, who studies at Imperial College London, underwent emergency brain surgery at St Mary’s last November after he and two of his friends were knocked down as they crossed the road.
Surgeons removed a large bleed from the side of his brain and then put Matt into a coma. He wasn’t ‘woken up’ until early January.
Matt only recently completed his neurorehabilitation at Charing Cross Hospital but was fit enough to take part in the walk, raising £332 for the ICU.
At the finish line he was reunited for the first time with some of the staff who cared for him following his operation.
Matt said: “When you’re in a coma, the thing that is most important to you is that your loved ones are looked after. I cannot speak highly enough of the ICU team who made sure my family were OK.”
Matt has been volunteering with Imperial Health Charity as part of his recovery and hopes to restart the fourth year of his studies in September 2018.
He said he was inspired to take part in Walk for Wards to make sure others get the same second chance at life.
“My story ended really well and I’m slowly getting back to normal, but it could have been much worse,” he added. “I don’t want other people’s stories to have a sad ending.”