A hospital receptionist is set to abseil almost 100ft down the side of the Queen’s Medical Centre to raise money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
Samantha Felstead, who works on the QMC main reception and has a disability, is taking part not only to raise money for charity, but also to prove that people with disabilities shouldn’t let it hold them back.
She will take part in Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Big QMC Abseil on Saturday 21 September 2019, along with dozens of other hospital staff and members of the public. She will be joined by her colleague, 80-year-old Ray Wilson, who volunteers at the QMC and is taking part in the abseil alongside her.
Because of her disability, Samantha usually walks with splints on both legs and uses crutches, but she is determined to complete the 100ft descent unaided.
She explained: “This is a huge leap out of my comfort zone, but I have to challenge the stigma against people with disabilities not being able to do different things.
“It will certainly be a challenge, but then every day can be a challenge. But this will all be worth it for a fantastic cause. I can’t wait to do it!”
Neve Cairns, Community Fundraiser at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “We’re all so pleased that Sam has decided to take part in the abseil, and are inspired by her positive attitude and outlook. We’ll all be there to support her on the day and will be giving her a huge cheer as she descends down the side of the hospital.”
Places are still available for the Big QMC Abseil, which is kindly sponsored by local car company Sandicliffe. For more information or to register, please click here.