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Inspirational daughter conquers the Oxford Half Mararthon to give back to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit!

17th October 2019

Last Sunday one of our incredible fundraisers, Georgia Mathieson, braved the rain and the cold in order to conquer the 13.1 miles of the Oxford Half Marathon! It was wet, it was rainy and a little bit glum, but there was still an incredible atmosphere and Georgia completed the run in an amazing time of 2hrs 9mins! In doing so, she raised over £2900 – all of which  will be going to the Neuro Intensive Care Unit here at St George’s Hospital, where her Dad was treated.

 

This is their story, as told by Georgia:

“On 21 May this year, my Dad collapsed and fell unconscious after suffering from a bleed on the brain (sub-arachnoid haemorrhage) whilst at the gym. He was rushed to St George's Hospital and straight to the specialist Neuro Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is one of few in the country. After rushing straight from my 3rd year medical school exams, we found out that he had suffered the most severe grade bleed and subsequently spent 8 days on life support and a further 6 days in NICU before being stepped down. The expertise and care from this world-class specialist centre saved my dad’s life, and are now aiding in his continued recovery. 

Usually I experience this scenario as a medical student, but being on the other side was a complete eye-opener and shock to the system. The nursing staff on the NICU were phenomenal as well as the medical teams surrounding my dad, their continuous support and respect towards all patients, family and friends was astounding. I think about the other patients on the NICU and their family/ friends daily and would love support raising money for this fantastic facility.”

 

And it is exactly what Georgia did….  She set out to fundraise. Most of the money raised came from sponsorship from friends and family who all cared deeply about her Dad. As well as this Georgia held a charity curry night where she cooked for 26 people – the event was a huge success and she raised almost £300! Not expecting that many people to turn up Georgia had to think on her feet and borrow stools and tables from the local coffee shop so there was space for everyone to sit down! Everyone was very crammed into the house in a quite a humorous fashion – but it worked! 

All the money Georgia has raised will make an incredible difference to the patients, their families and the staff members who work on NICU.  By helping fund items such as new equipment, training for staff members and those little things which make patients and their family’s lives’ easier.

 

There is still time to donate on Georgia’s JustGiving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/georgia-mathieson1


Or if you are inspired by Georgia’s story and would like to get involved – get in touch here.

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