Abseil at GWH for new Paediatric ED

Posted: March 19, 2013

Help create a calm and friendly environment for children

Hot on the heels of the successful abseil at GWH in December, the hospital is running another Abseil on Saturday 18th May 2013 to raise money for their new Paediatric Emergency Department.

Between April and October this year refurbishment will take place in the Emergency Department (ED) at GWH to modernise the department and create a better environment for patients and staff to work in. 

A new Paediatric Emergency Department will also be created, where children will be able to be seen and treated in a separate part of ED away from adults in a much more appropriate setting for their age, with the benefit of dedicated staff on hand.

Hannah Persaud, Fundraising Manager at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "Our abseil back in December last year as part of our 10year anniversary was a big success, over 70 people took part and we raised over £15,000. 

Children currently make up 24 per cent of patients in emergency care settings, but their experiences within Emergency Departments are often remembered as stressful ones by both the parents and children involved.

Through the abseil in May we hope to raise money to help kit out the Paediatric Emergency Department once it has been built with furnishings, décor and little extras like toys, child-sized tables and books, all to help create a friendly and calm environment for children."

All participants are encouraged to try and raise a minimum of £100 to take part and a special prize will be given to the individual and team who raise the most money.

Hannah continues:  "Taking part in this abseil is a fantastic way to support us, raising money for a great cause whilst also embracing the challenge of a lifetime.  There is no doubt that this will be a day to remember, soaring 90 feet in the air with the whole of Wiltshire at your feet."

Sign up today

Anyone interested in taking part in the abseil should contact Hannah Persaud on 01793 605631 for an entry form or email fundraising@gwh.nhs.uk

Places in the charity abseil are based on a first come, first served basis.  You can also download an entry form here and find more information on the abseil and other upcoming fundraising events.

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