|Manchester to Chertsey walk to raise money for premature babies|
|Written by Communications Team|
Sarah Marshall, a thirty four year old mental health charity worker, has arrived at the St Peter’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after being sponsored to walk a whopping 200 miles from her home in Manchester.
She set off on Friday September 14th and hiked through Buxton, Matlock Bath, Derby, Coalville and Nuneaton, where she took a day’s ‘breather’. She then carried on with her walk through Rugby, Towcester, Leighton Buzzard, Hemel Hempstead and Slough before arriving at the Hospital on Tuesday 25th September.
Sarah Marshall arrives at St Peter’s Hospital’s Abbey Wing, tired but happy.
So far she has raised nearly £600 for the St Peter’s Hospital Early Births Fund; a cause she says is close to her heart after being born there herself in 1978 almost two months premature. She said: “I had toyed with the idea of fundraising for some time, and I love walking long distances, so one day I told myself I would walk back to the place where I was born.”
Thankful staff gathered to clap Sarah into the Unit where she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Nora Chin, Deputy Sister of the Ward. She was then taken for a special tour where she was able to see the process that premature babies undergo, beginning in the intensive care incubators all the way to the normal cots for the babies that are about to be discharged. The visit ended with tea and cake shared with the nurses. Unit Manager Gill Ayton-Smith said: “What a fantastic effort! Sarah’s donation will help keep us giving premature babies the best care possible.”
L to R NICU staff Priscilla Rajalingam, Nora Chin and Sylvia Hastings greet Sarah Marshall (centre) as she crosses the finishing line.
The St. Peter’s Early Births Fund, for which Sarah is raising money, is trying to collect £250,000 to pay for three more much needed intensive care cots. Sarah is aiming to raise £1000 in total; any more donations to her cause can be directed via her webpage www.justgiving.com/goingbacktomyroots
|Last Updated on Monday, 01 October 2012 11:59|