COVID-19 researcher takes on our Big QMC Abseil

Georgia Melia NUH Researcher

Posted on: 20 Apr 2021

Samantha Gathercole Communications and Media Manager Posted on: 20 Apr 2021

A COVID-19 researcher from Team NUH is set to abseil almost 100ft down the side of the Queen’s Medical Centre to raise money for research into Long Covid.

Georgia Melia, a research practitioner at Nottingham Hospitals, is raising money for our Long Covid Research Appeal by taking part in our Big QMC Abseil on Saturday 18 September 2021, along with dozens of other hospital staff and members of the public.

Georgia said: “I have invested a lot of hard work, time and research into COVID-19, both inside and outside of work for the last year or so. I have seen and worked with some really poorly patients, and when I approach patients with COVID-19 for research, the majority are really keen to do whatever they can to help combat the virus and the pandemic.

“I feel the same way – that after experiencing and witnessing all the horrible effects of the virus, I want to do everything that I can to play a part in overcoming it. I thought the abseil was a great way to be involved and do something out of my comfort zone!”

Over the past year Georgia’s work has involved processing blood samples from hundreds of COVID-19 patients, as well as participants in the Oxford vaccine study, and recruiting patients into the COVID-19 RECOVERY trial, which has helped and continues to help determine the best treatments for patients with the disease.

She is now supporting our Long Covid Research Appeal, which aims to raise £50,000 to help fund more research into the treatment of Long Covid. With one in five COVID-19 patients still suffering from symptoms after five or more weeks, more research into the condition is vital, and studies are being led by a team here in Nottingham.

Georgia said: “This kind of research is something I’ve committed so much time and effort to for the last year, and having seen the devastating impact COVID-19 can have, I just feel this is a really worthwhile cause. Everyone has been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another so it’s definitely a cause everyone can get behind.”

To sponsor Georgia please click here.

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