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Hospital fundraisers aim for peak performance in Stars Appeal challenge 

Consultant colorectal surgeon Graham Branagan has formed a team of staff and friends to take on the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal.


Graham Branagan (centre) flanked by the two drivers Sandi Hammer and Nick Carty.

The seven strong team aims to complete the challenge in under 22 hours and pick up a Silver Award by climbing the highest mountains in England (Scafell Pike 978m) Scotland (Ben Nevis 1344m) and Wales (Snowdon 1085m).


The team includes surgical trainee Dan Wilby, gap year student Ali Hammer, Leeds University graduate Robynne Hammer, Belinda Vohra, as well as Graham himself who will use the Keyhole Surgery equipment that will be bought through the Appeal.


They will be joined by two drivers, regular 'marathon man', consultant surgeon Nick Carty, who is unable to climb because of injury, and former hospital breast service co-ordinator and medical secretary, Sandi Hammer.


Graham Branagan said: " I am incredibly excited about this challenge and raising money to go towards this important project. This equipment will benefit my patients and that is what is really encouraging and motivating me."


The Stars Appeal is an ongoing appeal with individual campaigns and fundraising efforts conducted under the umbrella of the Stars Appeal logo. The first two have started already and they are the Little Lives Campaign and the Keyhole Cancer Campaign. The Little Lives Campaign aims to raise £100,000 for new state-of-the-art equipment that will help newborn babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Keyhole Cancer Campaign is looking to raise £300,000 to equip a dedicated keyhole cancer operating theatre.


Graham said: "I would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has sponsored the team." Ends


The team:


Graham Branagan is a consultant surgeon who will use the equipment bought from the Appeal. He is hoping the new theatre will increase the numbers of keyhole cases that can be carried out for patients with bowel cancer. He has never climbed any of the three peaks and is looking for ways to keep in shape.


Sandi Hammer left Salisbury District Hospital in March having worked for 3 ½ years in General Surgery as Breast Service Co-ordinator and Medical Secretary.


Robynne Hammer has just completed her Honours degree in Events Management and has been involved in many fund raising events throughout her four years at Leeds University - the longest being the London Walk for Life in 2005, which raised money for breast cancer awareness. She is currently training for a triathlon.


Alistair Hammer is now on a gap year having just finished the International Baccalaureate. He holds the Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, which has given him good practise at hill challenges in the past.


Dan Wilby is a surgical trainee at Salisbury District Hospital. He has climbed all of the Three Peaks several times' but never one after the other in less than 24 hours.

Nick Carty is a Consultant Surgeon who has run many marathons, including London and New York.   


For further information about the Stars Appeal please contact: Dave Cates , Director of Fundraising, The Stars Appeal, Salisbury District Hospital. Tel: 01722 429005.

Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:05 
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