More than £9,000 raised for QA Hospital at walk event

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MORE than £9,000 was raised at a charity walk for Queen Alexandra Hospital.

This year’s Ward Walk saw 178 people rally together and stroll through Staunton Country Park in Havant.

The event raised £9,210 for various wards and 
departments at the Cosham hospital.

Participants were given a choice as to where their donations went so they could pick and area of the hospital close to their hearts.

Claire Appi took part for QA’s renal department.

After the walk, she said: ‘After living a fit, healthy and active life, my mum was suddenly struck down with kidney failure and was on the verge of heart failure 
when she was admitted to hospital.

‘She spent the next four weeks in QA, where it was discovered she is suffering from a rare auto-immune condition which caused extensive damage to her kidneys.

‘She spent her time in hospital receiving dialysis, plasma exchanges and transfusions. Now back home she is on a vast amount of medication and will be receiving dialysis three times a week for the remainder of her life.

‘I have walked 10km to raise funds for the renal department, a place mum has and will, be relying on now for her life.’

Next year’s Ward Walk will be on May 21.

For more information or to take part in the walk call (023) 9228 6000 extension 5927 or email fundraising@porthosp.nhs.uk.