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Tackling Everest base camp for our children’s hospital

One member of the hospital staff has tackled the climb of a lifetime to raise money for our Children’s Emergency and Trauma Department Appeal.

Thirty-year-old Hannah Taylor has worked for University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust since 2005, and became a paediatric nurse last year.

Everest base camp goal

Now, she's up against Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain.

Hannah, who arrived safely at the Everest base camp, said: “This was my toughest test yet, least of all for the lack of hair washing facilities!

“It is fantastic to know that every step has gone towards fundraising for this amazing facility at Southampton Children’s Hospital, ultimately benefitting all the children that require emergency treatment across south central England.

“I’m thrilled to have already exceeded my original target of £1,000 – my fundraising total now stands at £4,145 and I can’t thank people enough for their support.”

The appeal, led by Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity, aims to raise £2 million in donations which will be matched by the government, and the final £800,000 needed will be allocated by the Foundation Trust.

Jeneen Thomsen, head of major gifts, said: “The lengths our fundraisers go to never fail to amaze me.

“This one is a real test of endurance, both physically and mentally, and we are so thankful that Hannah has chosen to support the children’s emergency department appeal while taking on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“She has done so well to smash her target even before jetting off which goes to show how much of a difference just one fundraiser can make.”

To donate to Hannah’s cause, visit


About the Emergency and Trauma Department Appeal

24 hours a day, 365 days a year, our incredible paediatric team look after young people and babies in one of the UK’s busiest children’s emergency departments.

As an emergency service our treatments and outcomes are among best in the UK, but our facilities do little to ease the anxiety felt by children and families at what is often a stressful and scary time. This is why, together with The Murray Parrish Trust, we have launched an appeal to significantly enhance the environment of our children’s emergency and trauma department.

The overall £4.8 million cost of the development will create a safe and specialised place for children to be treated and allow us to continue saving lives in the very best of environments for those who need it most.

Read more about the appeal and how you can get involved here:

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