A young BSUH Charity fundraiser’s enthusiasm so impressed nurses that she was invited to visit the ward she has supported so that staff there could thank her in person.
Emma Bull was only ten years old when she raised more than £50 for BSUH Charity by doing a sponsored run in Hove Park. She had previously raised £50 doing a sponsored bike ride.
The school girl was inspired to raise money for her local hospital after being impressed by the care her gran received whilst a patient at The Royal Sussex County. Emma’s fundraising efforts for the ward where her gran stayed were supported by her younger brother James.
Meeting the team at Egremont Ward
Emma, James and their mother Jessica Bull, were greeted at the hospital by Ann Gibbins, Divisional Head of Nursing for the Medicine Division. She told Emma:
“The things that people do for us, to raise money, make a massive difference to the patients that we look after. One example is the little fans that we have been able to buy for our respiratory patients. They make a real difference to how patients feel during the day.
“Every penny that you raised has been really well spent.”
Another challenge ahead
Mum Jessica says the children came up with the fundraising ideas on their own:
“I’m really, really proud; especially as Emma and James came up with the ideas independently of us. They raised the money independently of us without any help.”
For her next fundraising challenge, Emma is planning on walking 30,000 steps in a day on the South Downs Way. For his part, brother James is considering 15,000 steps accompanied by his dog.
Good luck to Emma and James and thank you both for your support.
Feeling inspired and want to get involved with some fundraising? Have a look at our events page or email our fundraising manager Jess – Jessica.Burgesss4@nhs.net