SCORES of people put their best foot forward to raise money for new hospital equipment at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
The ‘Ward Walk’ fundraiser saw walkers hike 5km or 10km at Staunton Country Park, Havant, raising funds for a hospital ward of their choice or The Rocky Appeal.
The charity walk, which took place at the weekend, was organised by the Portsmouth Hospitals Charity, which supports the patients of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA Hospital in Cosham.
A cake sale and snack bar also helped raise money to go towards improving existing facilities, providing additional equipment and supporting research programmes.
Victoria Greenshields, fundraising manager for Portsmouth Hospitals Charity, said: ‘The Ward Walk was a huge success and a fantastic opportunity for the community to rally together in support of their hospital.’
She said: ‘It was lovely to see so many heartfelt messages of thanks to the doctors, nurses and support staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital for the wonderful work they do.’
Tracey Thomas, who took part in the Ward Walk said: ‘It was a beautiful day, the fundraising team did a great job, it was good fun had by all.’
Tracey, a sister on the Children’s Assessment Unit at QA hospital said: ‘The staff of the children’s department along with their friends and family took part in the Ward Walk to raise money and awareness for our blood gas analyser campaign.’
The Rocky Appeal is dedicated to fundraising for very specific life-changing equipment.
It has helped the Portsmouth Hospitals Charity by raising over £15m since 1991, and providing integral support.
For more information about future events, contact the Portsmouth Hospital Charity’s fundraising team on (023) 9228 6000.