David Watts, Porter of 12 Years, Takes Part in the #CaptainTom100 Challenge for St George’s Hospital Charity

23 April 2021
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Like many across the nation, David Watts has been inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore’s incredible fundraising and determination to support the NHS.

So to celebrate his retirement in July he is taking on the #CaptainTom100 challenge to raise funds for St George’s Hospital Charity and to say thank you to all of his colleagues who worked side by side through the pandemic.


For David the inspiration for his 100 challenge comes from a shared interest with Captain Tom:

“I am a keen motorcyclist myself and as you may know, during the 2nd World War, Captain Tom was a motorcycle despatch rider, and after the war, he turned to motorcycle racing. So I have decided my 100 Challenge is to ride my motorbike and visit 100 pubs (obviously not drinking!) in and around South London and Southern England. I’ve no route planned, I’m just going to go with the flow! I hope people will be generous and raise as much as possible for St George’s Hospital Charity.”

Here at St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals, Porters like David, are integral to delivering excellent patient care. Porters attend/assist on any major incidents, traumas, cardiac arrests, obstetric emergencies, changing manifolds, fire marshalling. They are part of the Helipad Response Team and have dedicated postal porters to deal with internal/external posts. They transfer deceased patients and arrange viewings for the deceased out of hours.

When Kishnor Gurung, the Porters Manager, found out about David’s challenge he wanted to share his thanks not just for his fundraising but the exemplary service David has given over the past decade:

“I truly appreciate David's commitment in getting involvement in fundraising which is expected with David's kind nature and his willingness to help everyone. Dave is a mentor to all of us and more importantly, he has been developing and putting our department in the forefront for the past 12 years. I thank David for his peerless performance during these years.

Dave is an X-ray Porter based in St James Wing however, he has been transporting Patients to the departments he usually doesn’t go to during this Pandemic. You can see Dave usually having a chat with the patients while they are on the way, to try and put them at ease. Always going above and beyond every time to make the Patient experience better.”

You can support David in his challenge and help say thank you to the NHS staff at St George’s and Queen Mary’s Hospitals by donating to his fundraising page here.

 Have you been inspired by David’s #Captaintom100 Challenge? Why not hold your own 100 challenge and raise funds for your local hospitals - sign up today.

Or if you would like more information email the fundraising team on giving@stgeorges.nhs.uk or give them a call on 020 8725 4522. We would love to hear from you!

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