THEY say charity begins at home.
And no-one knows this better than South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust’s fund-raising manager Ali Gray, who took on her biggest personal challenge to date.
Having helped drive the £1million Stratford Cancer and Eye Hospital Appeal for the past nine months, Ali put her money where her mouth was and completed the Three Peaks challenge in just over 24 hours recently.
The challenge involved scaling the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales – Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – one after another and walking a total distance of 27 miles with a total ascent of 9,800 feet.
She is hoping to raise £2,400 towards to the £1million appeal – or £100 for every hour spent climbing the mountains.
Speaking about the appeal, Ali said: “Although it is doing really well, we still have a long way to go before we reach our £1million target and it was a great motivator knowing £100 was being given for every hour of the challenge.
“I would like to thank everyone who has shown their support to the appeal so far – it means so much knowing that the local community are driving it.
“We are still keen for people to get involved so if like me, anyone wants to fund-raise for the appeal, or take on a personal challenge and would like advice, please get in touch.”
Plans for a cancer and an eye ward to be built at the existing site on Arden Street were given the green light by Stratford District
Council back in October.
Money from the £1million appeal will help pay for everything from specialist chemotheraphy chairs to iPads that do not come
as standard in the new £22 million hospital.
Ali can be sponsored by visiting www.mydonate.bt.com and searching for ‘Ali Gray’ in the sponsor a fundraiser option.
Alternatively, cheques made payable to ‘Stratford Hospital Appeal’ can be sent to: Fundraising Department, Management Corridor, Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick CV34 5BW.