A TEAM of thirty doctors, nurses, radiographers, administrators and domestics from the Interventional Radiology team at Aintree University Hospital aim to climb Snowdon, the third highest mountain in the UK, on Saturday 8th September 2018 in aid of the HELP Appeal – the only charity in the country dedicated to funding hospital helipads.
Clare Grant, Interventional Radiology nurse, who contacted the charity, explains why so many are taking part: “We often work closely with the Trauma team who treat seriously ill patients, so we are aware of the importance of having Aintree University Hospital’s helipad right outside the door to our emergency department. By reducing the time it takes for a patient to arrive in the Trauma centre, we are able to give patients the very best possible chance of surviving life threatening injuries and illnesses.”
The team hopes to raise several hundreds of pounds which will go towards Aintree Hospital’s helipad, which was inspected by the Duke of Cambridge last year, and the construction or upgrade of another 50 hospital helipads all over the country including the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
A lot of hard work lies ahead in preparing the team for the climb. Whilst some staff have climbed Snowdon before, there are a wide range of ages and fitness levels in the team. They plan to undertake a series of group hikes over the next few months, gradually increasing the distance and ascent.
Dr. Elizabeth O’Grady, Consultant Radiologist, adds: “None of us have ever faced the challenge of ensuring that a whole team make it up the highest mountain in Wales. It will be a great team building exercise and we should see a big improvement in the general fitness of our whole team. As health care workers it is important for us to lead by example.”
Lesley Knight, HELP Appeal’s ambassador, who lost her only child in a road accident after he was airlifted to a hospital without a helipad. She explains what this fundraising means for the HELP Appeal:
“We were overwhelmed when we heard that 30 staff from Aintree Hospital were fundraising for the HELP Appeal. This recognition of how important hospital helipads are to saving patients’ lives is fantastic. We are extremely grateful to Clare and all her colleagues and hope the sun shines on the day for them all.
“Since July 2017, there have been many landings on Aintree Hospital’s helipad so we know how much of a difference is already being made. This fundraising will have a huge impact on our helipad appeal in Liverpool and beyond.”
To support the team and help raise vital funds for the HELP Appeal, you can donate through: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/aintree-hospital-interventional-radiology