Staff charity update

30 August 2018

Our staff have had a busy few months raising funds and volunteering for various local charities. Below are just a few examples of the work that has been done, congratulations to all staff that have completed a charity challenge or have taken up volunteering.

Staff nurse Laura Smith completed a tandem skydive on 30 June to raise funds for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity. Her seven month old son has been attending the Sick Kids since he was three days old as he has kidney issues and he will receive paediatric care for the duration of his childhood. The care he has received has been fantastic and she wanted to do something to give back. So far she has fundraised around £1,000 between online and offline donations.

Healthcare assistant Mogs Stuart walked 10k through Edinburgh on 24 June for Crohn’s and Colitis, an organisation that raises awareness for Crohn’s Disease, as this is a condition she suffers from herself.

Claire Macdonald from our self-pay team is running the Scottish Half Marathon later this year in aid of Cancer Research UK which is a charity that is very close to her heart.

Finally, operations manager Pauline Capaldi has taken on the role of HSBC Breeze Champion and organises bike rides for women on a voluntary basis with the aim of encouraging more women to get into cycling. She usually organises two bike rides a week of which one is a shorter ride of approximately five miles at an easy pace and one longer, more challenging bike ride of approximately 20 miles. Some women attend the short bike rides to build up their confidence and the more challenging bike rides are suited to women who want to perhaps take part in a challenge such as Pedal for Scotland in September or want to build up to cycling 100km by next June so they can take part in the first Womens v Cancer night ride in Edinburgh.

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