Swimming for a good cause

In 1882 The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow Scotland first opened its doors to patients. It specialises in paediatric healthcare and is commonly referred to simply as Yorkhill. It provides care for newborn babies right up to children around 13 years of age, including a specialist Accident and Emergency facility. Iit’s very first patient was a 5-year-old boy with curvature of the spine. A more recent patient was Isobel Duncan, my niece by proxy, whose entry into the world was a traumatic one which resulted in the loss of the use of her right arm due to nerve damage (known as an Erb’s Palsy).

Yorkhill were able to provide pioneering surgery for such injuries and when Isobel was 4 months old she underwent a 7 hour operation whereby nerves were taken from her legs and grafted onto the damaged area. Isobel is now 2 years old and able to use her right arm and hopefully as time passes it will continue to improve, the treatment she has received so far has already improved her quality of life massively. This would not have been possible without the specialist treatment provided by the hospital.

Yorkhill Hospital is the sole Scottish provider of a number of highly specialised services including cardiac surgery, kidney and bone marrow transplants, paediatric intensive care and endoprosthetic bone replacement. It is also one of the only four UK children’s hospitals with an ECMO machine offering life support for children. So you can see how important funding is for such crucial work to continue.

And with this in mind on Saturday 25th August Isobel’s father will be taking part in the Great Scottish Swim, which is a 2 mile open water swim. His aim is to raise much needed money for Yorkhill Children’s Foundation which provides enhanced medical equipment and resources which benefit sick children and babies who are treated at Yorkhill. These can include innovative medical equipment, improvements in child and family facilities and paediatric research and training.

By donating to this worthy cause you will help them to acquire the equipment and resources they need to continue their excellent work, and also encourage Ross to get into that cold Scottish water knowing he is doing a great job, to sponsor Ross click on this link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=RossDuncan

You can find out more about the Foundation here: http://www.yorkhill.org/

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