Blog by Henry Amor, Community Fundraiser
At Nottingham Hospitals Charity I am constantly blown away by the amount of time and effort that our fundraisers put into their events and challenges, in order to raise the most money possible for Nottingham’s hospitals.
This year alone we have seen our supporters climb mountains both in the UK and abroad, complete marathons in places as far away as Uganda and New York and host all sorts of events and competitions to support the causes closest to their hearts.
I was touched by the fundraising of a group of over 20 people who climbed Mount Snowdon at the end of August. Hannah Talbot organised the challenge after her husband Chris underwent transplant surgery at the Renal Unit earlier this year. Despite still being in recovery, Chris decided at the last moment to join the team and climb over 1,000 metres to the top of the mountain! This incredible effort by Chris, Hannah and all of the walkers raised over £4,000. It also inspired their four-year-old son Joshua to organise a sponsored bike ride to raise even more money for the Renal Unit. It is touching to see a family come together like this, especially in the face of such a difficult situation, and raise so much money for a cause so close to their hearts.
Peter Hastings is another of our inspirational community fundraisers. Three of Peter’s daughters were treated on Nottingham’s Neonatal Intensive Care Units and he wanted to give something back to the amazing staff that supported him and his family during these difficult times. Peter decided to organise a football match between his team – Hastings Magpies – and a team of NUH staff on September 15th. A huge amount of effort goes into hosting an event like this and it was so rewarding to see all of the hard work put in by Peter, both teams and all of the volunteers behind the scenes pay off with such a fantastic event. I’m constantly in awe of how tirelessly our fundraisers will work to ensure their events are a success, and Peter is a prime example of this.
On September 21st we are hosting our annual Big QMC Abseil. It will see over 90 thrill-seekers descend over 100 feet down one of the UK’s largest hospitals. The event has grown massively since last year, and it’s amazing to see so many people willing to brave the drop in order to raise crucial funds for Nottingham’s hospitals.
Every year we have a huge number of people take part in the Robin Hood Half Marathon to raise money for the Charity. This year is no different, and with over 70 people set to take part for us this looks set to be our biggest and best year to date! We still need a few volunteers to help cheer on our runners so if you want to experience the excitement of the half marathon – but don’t quite feel up to 13.1 miles of running – then please get in touch!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has gone out of their way to support Nottingham’s hospitals this year. Whatever you’ve done to raise money, no matter how big or small, we are hugely grateful for your generosity and your kindness. We cannot do what we do without you – thank you.
If you’d like some ideas about how you can raise money for your chosen area of Nottingham’s hospitals, click here.