A staff member at Evelina Children’s Hospital has raised £2,000 for patients who need help with money after leaving hospital by cycling 53 miles on her static bike, writes Kit Heren…
Ciorsdan Glass, who works in communications at Evelina London, part of Guy’s and St Thomas, raised the money for the Samaritan Fund, which supports patients who leave the hospital in financial hardship.
Money might go towards food, bedding or clothes for people in need. It can also help the parents of children at Evelina London who may need to leave work to support their child.
“I have worked for the Trust for over five years now and have seen how the charity makes the patient experience better, said Glass, 37. “This particular fund is a really good way to help our patients experiencing difficulties.”
Glass, who lives in Richmond, west London, said that the challenge was a perfect way to make a difference while stuck in lockdown.
“Raising so much to help others made me feel really happy. It gave me something to reach for and a way to push myself.
“I had a target of £500, but I kept moving it back because people were really generous.”
Mia Hilborn, head of spiritual health care at Guy’s and St Thomas’ thanked Glass for her contribution.
“The Samaritan Fund is unique,” she added. “It helps staff alleviate distress quickly with some practical support. It’s a wonderful fund, and a brilliant part of my job.”