Fundraiser Spotlight: Graham Simpson18 July 2022
On 21 August 2022, Graham Simpson, a lifelong AFC Wimbledon fan is going to be Skydiving for St George’s Hospital Charity’s Time for a Change appeal.
Just before Christmas in 1962, teenage Graham was admitted to St George’s with a bowel blockage.
He spent 100 days in our children’s wards. Graham remembers spending Christmas here, he told us that the surgeons wearing green scrubs would carve up the turkey using their scalpels.
Unfortunately, Graham was on ‘drip and suck’, a nil-by-mouth treatment, so couldn’t enjoy the exceptionally carved turkey.
After little success with ‘drip and suck’, Graham’s bowel blockage successfully was removed via surgery. A Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) had not yet been built so he was placed in a curtained-off bedspace on a heart monitor next to the nurse’s station for constant observation.
Graham’s stay at St George’s lasted 100 days and he was thrilled to be told he was sufficiently recovered to attend the 1963 FA Amateur Cup Final at Wembley – which saw his beloved Wimbledon beat Sutton United 4-2.
The ward where Graham was treated was replaced in the 70s by PICU as we now know it and now 40 years on its Time for a Change.
An email from AFC Wimbledon inspired Graham to make a difference for St George’s, what will inspire you?