Trekking challenge to buy ventilator for Nicu

RAISING FUNDS Carol Moore and Jill Humby
RAISING FUNDS Carol Moore and Jill Humby
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TWO nurses who help premature babies will be trekking across the Himalayas to raise money for a new ventilator.

Matron Carol Moore and lead administrator Jill Humby, who both work on the neonatal intensive care unit (Nicu) in Queen Alexandra Hospital, want to raise £23,000.

Jill and Carol have so far raised £5,500 towards the total. The two are currently training hard in preparation for the 11-day trek which starts on April 11.

Jill said: ‘We will be walking for eight hours each day across tough terrain and battling the altitude and heat at the same time.

‘The other challenge for us will be the camping. We both very much like our home comforts so having to sleep under the stars each night and not having any facilities will be a battle in itself.

‘But when the going gets tough we will just be thinking about all the babies and families that we will be able to help as a result of our trek.

‘Nicu provides a top quality service to so many women in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas and we hope that by raising money for a new ventilator we will be able to help even more.’

Ventilators help premature babies breathe, which is crucial to their development, and ensuring they get a better chance of survival.

To sponsor, text CMJH50 and the amount to 70070, or visit

Sponsorship forms are also available from Nicu.