On 21 April, 24 people who work at UCLH are heading to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu to raise money for our new cancer and surgery centre on Grafton Way.
As well as undertaking extensive training for the challenge (officially rated as tough) our trekkers have been busy raising money – they are up to an impressive £50,000 to date - which will go towards making our new building the very best it can be.
Maureen Browne, divisional manager, medical specialties and Debra Glastonbury, acting divisional manager, integrated care, organised a skills gala and auction at UCLH, asking colleagues to donate their time and/or prizes to the highest bidder. Auction lots included afternoon tea with our chief nurse, 90 minutes of our chief executive’s time and prizes including an iPad, spa treatment and more. With their fundraising target in sight, Maureen and Debra are can now focus on getting trek fit and are looking forward to all the experiences that trekking in the beautiful Peruvian Andes will bring before reaching their iconic destination of Machu Picchu.
Getting team UCLH on the trek was the brainchild of Kieran McDaid, director of estates. In the nine years he’s worked at UCLH, Kieran has overseen the building of some of our major developments including the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre and the two buildings currently under construction, the new cancer and surgery building on Grafton Way and the new Royal National ENT and Eastman Dental Hospitals on Huntley Street. Kieran has been involved in recruiting trekkers and raising money including a fundraising dinner that raised £20,000. Kieran said, “Having been closely involved with the construction of our new facilities, I immediately recognised the scale and challenge that has been set for our fundraising colleagues and the important work that they do to help us all succeed at UCLH. When the opportunity came to trek Macchu Pichu to help support our surgery and cancer building, I felt compelled to participate. I am extremely proud “to do my bit” and delighted that so many colleagues have chosen to join us. I’m overwhelmed by the support and fundraising that we have achieved to date.”
We’d like to say a massive thank you to our trekkers and wish them the very best of luck on what will be an incredible journey. You can support our new facility or if you’d like to raise money for our new centre or would like to support UCLH please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.