24 May 2014
Spire Harpenden Hospital has raised a fantastic £800 to support the crisis appeal in Syria. The appeal is close to their hearts with one of their consultant surgeons having lost over 15 members of his family since the fighting started.
They raised the money by baking and selling delicious cakes every Friday for three weeks before arranging a large raffle on Wednesday 2nd April. Over 70 gifts were generously donated by the team members at the Hospital to create a truly spectacular display for the raffle. To finish off the day there was a bidding war between three team members to buy a beautiful handcrafted spring design cake, donated by one of our medical secretaries. All of this activity contributed to this brilliant total.
Hospital Director, Julia Salmon said: “Our consultant and friend Mr Atef Hakmi has been deeply affected by the Syria crisis having lost three hospital clinics in Syria. He has also tragically lost many family members and friends. All of his hospital colleagues were happy to support this worthy charity at this time of need. Every penny raised goes directly to Syrian refugees and we’re delighted that our £800 contribution can make a small difference.”
Finally, before the generosity of the teams were completely exhausted, many members of staff donated unwanted clothes, toiletries, blankets, shoes and toys to send directly to the refugees in Syria. Dozens of bags were brought into the hospital to be transported by personal contacts over to Syria and directly to the people that needed it most.
The conflict in Syria continues to kill many lives and millions of refugees are still surviving in refugee camps in the surrounding countries.