Ex-patient to explore Mt. Everest this Christmas for da Vinci Appeal
Last updated 15-Nov-11 09:50
A team of three climbers – including former Barnet Hospital patient Bob Bhania - are set to explore Mount Everest this winter, with a view to wishing the world a Happy Christmas from as high and scenic a place as possible on 25th December. And what a view it will be…one they will share with some of history’s bravest travellers before them, in what is the 90th anniversary of the first British expedition to the legendary mountain.
To commemorate this achievement in what is a historic year for British mountain-climbing, Mr. Bhania’s team have generously agreed that sponsorship proceeds from their climb will be used to support Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals da Vinci Robot Appeal.
The da Vinci Robot has already made a significant difference to the lives of over 120 of the Trust's patients with a diagnosis of prostate, bladder and kidney cancers, and now hysterectomies as well. Its versatility allows it to be used on both male and female patients.
Supporters such as Mr. Bhania’s team and everyone who chooses to sponsor them will have taken part in a brilliant new initiative which impacts on everyone in our community. One in three people are affected by cancer coming into their lives, and public support is making a difference to how the Trust treats these cancers.
Director of Communications Marcia McKnight said: “it’s always flattering when an ex-patient comes forward to do something like this on our behalf, and this is certainly one of the most exciting activities yet held on behalf of the da Vinci Appeal. We wish Bob a safe and memorable journey and look forward to hearing his tales when he returns in the New Year. “
The Challenge has been paid for by the team themselves, meaning that every penny donated is going directly to the appeal. British taxpayers can help the appeal further by ticking the ‘Gift Aid’ button when sponsoring online. This allows the Trust to claim tax back on the donation.
To support the climbers’ fundraising efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/theeverestchallenge and watch the total rise along with the expedition this Christmas.
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