Paediatric nurse embarks on Everest expedition for children's ED appeal

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A children’s nurse has travelled more than 4,600 miles to take part in a fundraising trek to the base camp of Mount Everest for Southampton’s children’s emergency and trauma department appeal.

Hannah Taylor, 30, travelled to Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, last week to acclimatise and rest before embarking on a 12-day endurance experience which began on Sunday.

The fundraising trek will cover more than 40 miles and climbers will reach an altitude of 18,500ft across a variety of challenging and diverse landscapes including valleys, glaciers and forests.

Hannah, who has worked for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust since qualifying in 2005 and has been a paediatric outreach nurse since 2016, said: “This is set to be my toughest challenge yet, least of all for the lack of hair washing facilities!

“It will be fantastic to know that every step will go towards fundraising for this amazing facility at Southampton Children’s Hospital, ultimately benefiting all the children that require emergency treatment across south central England and the Channel Islands.”

She added: “I’m thrilled to have already exceeded my original target of £1,000 – my fundraising total now stands at £3,000 and I can’t thank people enough for their support and encouragement.”

The appeal, led by Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity – part of Southampton Hospital Charity – and The Murray Parish Trust (TMPT), aims to raise £2 million in donations which will be matched by the government and a further £800,000 allocated by University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

The total currently stands at £947,000, just £53,000 short of the first £1 million – a crucial milestone that will enable building work on the development to commence.

The £4.8 million facility is expected to treat more than 30,000 youngsters every year from across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Dorset, Devon, Wiltshire, Berkshire, West Sussex, the Channel Islands and Oxfordshire.

The state-of-the-art development will include an acute assessment unit with a safe room for mental health patients or for those with challenging behaviour, a dedicated sedation room and a new reception, triage and waiting room.

Jeneen Thomsen, head of major gifts from Southampton Hospital Charity, said: “The lengths our fundraisers go to never fail to amaze me. This one is a real test of endurance, both physically and mentally, and we are so thankful that Hannah has chosen to support the children’s ED appeal while taking on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“She has done so well to smash her target even before jetting off which just goes to show how much of a difference just one fundraiser can make. Thank you to everyone who has supported this appeal so far, whether through a one-off donation or part of a bigger fundraising challenge such as Hannah’s.”

She added: “I’d like to ask anyone who is thinking of taking on something similar to consider supporting Southampton’s children’s ED appeal – the new department will enable us to create a safe and specialised place for children to receive the very best care and attention, allowing us to continue saving lives in the highest quality environment.”

For more information on the children’s emergency and trauma department appeal, visit http://www.southamptonhospitalcharity.org/appeals and to support Hannah, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sotonhannahebc.

Posted on Thursday 9 November 2017