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Tiny Winner for Giant Panda

Christine Walters, who works as a nurse at the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care (NICU) at the Royal United Hospital, will be taking on a once in a lifetime challenge trekking the Great Wall of China whilst raising vital funds for The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. She would like to thank everyone who purchased a ticket to have a go at ‘Guess the Name of the Giant Panda’ to take him/her home! This cute cuddly bear has been all over Bath and the hospital, attending various events to help Christine’s fundraising efforts.

The draw took place on Friday 30th May in the Atrium at the RUH and has raised an incredible £800 towards her total. The winner was Mr George Jones of Trowbridge, who very kindly asked for it to be given to one of the ‘NICU babies’ where Christine works. A second draw took place, with entries from the families using this unit on Thursday 12th June. The lucky winner was 6 week old Elijah Gulliford, a lovely little boy currently on the unit who was born 14 weeks early at 0.928 kilograms. Elijah was delivered at the RUH and cared for by Christine throughout his stay – it really was meant to be! His parents are delighted and can’t wait for the day when they can take both of them home.

In her role at the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, Christine has witnessed first-hand how important it is to support The Forever Friends Appeal. This new unit opened in 2011, following the successful NICU ‘Space to Grow’ campaign to raise £3.1 million headed by the Appeal. As the first environmentally sustainable building of its kind in Europe, the unit has exceeded expectations receiving multiple National and International awards. Inspired by the design and results from this new unit, the Appeal’s current RUH Cancer Care Campaign is focused on building the most exceptional Cancer Centre for a district general hospital in the UK, taking an individualised and holistic approach to the treatment of cancer patients.

The aptly themed, Giant Panda Draw has formed part of Christine’s fundraising efforts as part of her commitment to the China Trek departing in September 2014. She has been working extremely hard to achieve her minimum fundraising target and has been very busy holding cake sales, tombola’s, selling items at a car boot and lots more! Christine and a group of 14 other Ted’s Team charity trekkers will take part in this unforgettable journey along The Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This trek is extremely demanding but also incredibly rewarding and promises to be the challenge of a lifetime. Christine will be walking between three and seven hours a day and will be taken out of her comfort zone to truly experience the magic and culture this beautiful country has to offer.

If you would like to support Christine and the RUH Cancer Care Campaign please visit: www.doitforcharity.com/cwalters

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