Surgical trainee Dan Wilby, gap year student Ali Hammer, Leeds University graduate Robynne Hammer, Belinda Vohra, and Graham himself climbed the highest mountains in England (Scafell Pike 978m) Scotland (Ben Nevis 1344m) and Wales (Snowdon 1085m).
They were joined by two drivers, regular ‘marathon man’, consultant surgeon Nick Carty, who was unable to climb because of injury, and former hospital breast service co-ordinator and medical secretary, Sandi Hammer.
Graham Branagan said: “This really was an exciting experience and the money will go towards the Keyhole Surgery equipment that will be bought through the Appeal. This equipment will benefit my patients and that is what encouraged and motivated 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 Oma at Marrakesh for our supper, Bookers, Hildon Water, Boots and Salisbury Health Foods for their support.“ Ends
For further information about the Stars Appeal please contact: Hannah Paye, Fundraising Co-ordinator, The Stars Appeal, Salisbury District Hospital. Tel: 01722 429005. www.starsappeal.org firstname.lastname@example.org