Boogie for bubbles
Doctors and nurses at Queen Alexandra Hospital will be taking part in a 12-hour dance-a-thon on Monday 25th July in order to raise money for The Portsmouth Hospitals Charity Bubbles Fund, a £30,000-appeal for a blood-gas analyser for the Children’s Department.
Advanced Clinical Practitioner Kate Blake is helping to organise the event which starts at 10am. She said: “The Children’s Department does not have its own blood-gas analyser and has to use machines located in other parts of the hospital.
“If the department had its own machine in could speed-up treatment, produce more accurate results and ensure that nursing staff are able to spend more time with patients and their families.”
Every hour of the dance-a-thon will have a different theme, with additional support being offered by patients who will be taking part. They include Samuel Merrick who was born 14-weeks early and went on to spend much of his early life on the children’s wards at Queen Alexandra. Another youngster who will be at the dance-a-thon is Jude Allen, a young boy who suffers from a rare gut condition.
The Bubbles Fund was launched in April, and if the £30,000 target is exceeded then additional funds will be used to make life easier for patients and their families.
Mrs Blake said: “Staff have got behind the fund in a massive way. We have already had all sorts of events, raffles, a fun run and sponsored walks. We have also had some very generous donations, including £20,000 from the estate of a local teacher who wanted to help children in the Portsmouth area, and £5,000 from the online estate agent Purple Bricks.
Some of the dancers are being sponsored but the organisers also hope to raise interest on the day. Mrs Blake said: “We hope that passers-by will be giving us a wave and a cheer, joining in and perhaps putting some change into our collecting buckets. “
People can also donate to The Bubbles Fund online by going to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/childrensbubblesfund