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RaNae Ashanti's Fundraising Story

18th February 2019

Over the past two months, RaNae Ashanti has raised a total of £1,934.34 for St George’s Hospital Charity. These vital funds will go towards the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit and Brodie Ward, where RaNae was a patient for 6 weeks.

RaNae set up her ‘gofundme’ page in December 2018 after being diagnosed with an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) in her brain, a specific term used to describe a tangle of blood vessels with abnormal connections between arteries and veins. AVMs are very rare, however they can be life threatening. After two successful operations and six weeks in hospital - six days of which spent in a coma - RaNae is on the road to recovery.

Along with raising vital funds, RaNae is also extremely passionate about raising awareness of AVM and its symptoms, as it can often be easily misdiagnosed.

The money RaNae has raised for the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit and Brodie Ward will go towards their most urgent needs, helping to secure items that are ‘over and above’ what is normally provided.

Last week, RaNae was lucky enough to present the money she raised to Dr Christopher Martin who was part of the Neuro team that saved her life. On returning to the hospital, RaNae said “A massive thank you must go to St George’s Hospital for saving my life”.

St George’s Hospital Charity aims to enhance the experience for all patients at St George’s Trust. We focus our efforts on funding medical equipment, supporting high-quality medical research and helping to enable new development projects within the hospital.

Mari-Louise White, Community and Events Fundraising Manager for St George’s Hospital Charity, said: “A huge thank you to RaNae for raising these essential funds. It’s down to the generosity of our supporters that we are able to continue raising money which will have a real impact on both patients and staff.”

 

If you are inspired by RaNae’s story and want to fundraise for St George’s Hospital Charity, get in contact with us at giving@stgeorges.nhs.uk or call 020 8725 4522 

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