SHEFFIELD’S former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan has reached a milestone in his quarter of a million pound fundraising target for the city’s Children’s Hospital.
Michael, a patron of The Children’s Hospital Charity, will be walking the Great Wall of China with a team of friends and family in September to provide state-of-the-art medical equipment for the hospital.
With just over two weeks to go until the trek, the 23-strong team, led by Michael and his wife Nichola, have already hit the £75,000 mark, a third of the way to their target.
Michael said: “I am really excited about taking on the Great Wall of China Trek and to be supporting one of the world’s best children’s hospitals.
“I have met some of the bravest, most courageous children I know at the hospital and I am really motivated to raise as much money as possible through this challenge.”
Funds raised will be used to provide equipment which surgeons say will lead to shorter, more accurate operations and faster patient recoveries.
Mr John McMullan, Consultant Neurosurgeon at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “To be able to use this pioneering technology on our patients will be absolutely fantastic.
“The benefits are vast - from decreasing the size of a patient’s incision to reducing a procedure’s invasiveness.”
The equipment, known as an Integrated Intra-operative Surgical Navigation System, will help children like eleven-year-old Lauren Raybould, who was admitted to the hospital to have a life-threatening cyst removed from her skull.
Michael and Nichola’s epic journey starts on September 17.
■ Log onto www.justgiving.com/m-p-vaughan to support Michael and Nichola.