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“I wanted to help others who may be in the same situation as I was in” – Michael goes above and beyond to fundraise for the Paediatric Team at St George’s

14th May 2019

In 2016, 14-year-old Michael was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Michael was treated on Pinckney Ward at St George’s Hospital for a long nine months. His treatment involved chemotherapy, which meant a lot of lines and cannulas were used on a weekly basis to carry out the chemo. Having lines and cannulas fitted can be extremely uncomfortable and time-consuming, which is undoubtedly hard for any individual, especially our young patients.

Three years on, Michael is back at school and on the path to full health. The invaluable care and help Michael received on Pinckney Ward, especially on those days he was feeling down, inspired him to begin fundraising so he could give something back. He encouraged his family and friends to get involved in his fundraising efforts over the following years. Michael, together with his brother Thomas and five friends, cycled from Liverpool to London. They also hosted two fundraising football matches, a fundraising evening, and Michael ran the Brighton Mile. In total, they managed to raise the incredible amount of £47,000.

In October 2017, Michael and his family chose to use some of these funds to purchase a brand-new Venous Access Machine for the paediatric team. This piece of equipment shows veins more prominently, easing access to the veins and making the process a little more comfortable. Looking back, Michael knows a piece of equipment like this would have made a massive difference to his time on the ward, and he’s thrilled he’s been able to fundraise enough to help others in a similar position to him. The machine has been nicknamed ‘Beverley’ after one of Michael’s favourite nurses on the ward and Michael and his family recently visited Pinckney Ward to hear more about the incredible difference ‘Beverley’ has made to young patients.

 

Michael has said “I wanted to raise money to help others who may be in the same situation as I was in. This new machine allows you to get your line and your treatment a lot quicker and greatly reduces the pain”

 

Amy Nolan, Paediatric Oncology & Venous Access Nurse Practitioner said “A huge thank you to Michael, his family and friends for fundraising for the Venous Access Machine. It makes such a difference having this piece of equipment, it is clear our patients are in less pain during each procedure. It is down to the generosity of our supporters that we are able to purchase vital pieces of equipment which will have a real impact on both patients and staff in the future.”

 

If you are inspired by Michael’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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