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Pupil raises thousands for specialist hospital

Elena Ferguson (Upper Sixth, Haslewood) took part in the Guy’s Urban Challenge on Saturday 1 October, helping to raise £8,700 for the Savannah ward of the Evelina Children’s Hospital (part of Guy’s and St Thomas’) in central London.

The challenge, which involved a 2.4km run, a 15km bike ride and a 628 stair climb up the hospital tower, added to the £6,500 raised by Haslewood for the hospital last year.

Savannah ward has become a second home to the Ferguson family during the past 18 months, since Elena’s sister Amelia (Upper Fifth, Haslewood) received treatment for rare auto-immune condition pandysautonomia.

Elena commented: “Thanks to the amazing care and skill of the medical team at this hospital, Amelia's condition is in remission and she is hugely looking forward to getting back to St John’s after a very difficult two and a half years. We are ever so grateful and are pleased that we can show the hospital just how much.”

Amelia was not one to miss out on the challenge, and ran one of the 600m laps of the 2.4km circuit - a feat that would have been unimaginable even six months ago.

Published on 06/10/2016

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