We’ll be sending Natalia on her way with a blessing today, as she sets out on a further walk to raise money for the charity set up in memory of her daughter Elizabeth, a pupil at St James School. Natalia explains:
“I plan to walk until we raise a million for the PICU of Bristol Children’s Hospital. My first 1000 miles will be around the South West of England and South Wales main hospitals that are in the catchment area of the PICU to highlight the enormous area its covers.
I will start at Cheltenham Hospital on 11 March, Mother’s Day and linking together the rest of the hospitals, finish this part at Bristol Children’s Hospital on 29 May, Elizabeth’s birthday. Meanwhile walking myself, I hope to inspire other individuals or organisation for Acts of Kindness – their own events in the support of Elizabeth’s Footprint.
The funds raised through Elizabeth’s Footprint have enabled the unit to buy three new state-of-the-art ventilators, as well as new equipment for the highly specialist ambulance service that transports the sickest children from their home hospital to Bristol to receive critical care. That is what Elizabeth had too. There are also plans under discussion to increase the capacity of the unit from 18 to 24 beds to accommodate the growing number of children who require specialist intensive care with ever-increasing complex needs. That is why I am so passionate about raising additional funds for this unit.”