Liferaft Survival Challenge
Raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity patient and family support accommodation.
In May 2015 I spent 7 days and nights in a 4 man life raft, in Portland Harbour. Entering the raft on the Monday with only 1.5 litres of water and 24 hours food, tested me both mentally and emotionally. Boredom, loneliness, hunger and first were constant companions. During the 7days I lost a staggering 17.6lbs in weight and at one point on Saturday my blood sugars dropped to 1.1 mmol/l…that was until I ate the raw fish I had caught the night before!
All equipment for the liferaft challenge was supplied by www.oceansafety.com, Southampton.
All money raise went to help the Hospital’s patient and family support accommodation.
Here is a quote from Elizabeth Cooke, Parent & Patient Accommodation Team Leader at Great Ormond Street Hospital:
‘Weston House provides a ‘home away from home’ for our patients and their families from all over the UK. There is short stay accommodation so that children and their families can stay together the night before day treatment. We also have long term accommodation for families of children with complex needs, who are receiving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital over a longer period.
We really appreciate Wayne’s fundraising and the support of everyone who has sponsored him. The money raised will help mums, dads and carers stay near their child at a very difficult time.’
More on the importance of the family accommodation can be seen in this interview where young patient Matthew interviews Elizabeth: Matthew finds out all about our family accommodation
My association with Great Ormond Street first came about when I raised funds for Stefan Savic, a 4 year old from Bosnia, to have facial reconstruction surgery there. I was struck by the skill and dedication of the staff and their support of Stefan’s family who had travelled with him.
Stefan had to return 10 years later for a follow up operation and still the help and support they gave him and his family was wonderful.
So when I had finished raising the money for Stefan I decided I wanted to do something not just for one family but for all families with children who need the hospital’s help. Raising funds for the patient and family support and accommodation service through the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity is the best way to do this.
Post note: The event has now ended with the total raised standing at £12861.82.
Read more about Great Ormond Street Hospital family support here: