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A&E doctor climbs hospital stairs to support colleagues

After seeing the devastating toll Covid-19 had on our hospitals, fundraiser Alice decided to set herself an epic challenge.

  • Date: June 3, 2020

Challenging times

Along with her colleagues at The Royal London Hospital, Dr Alice MacArthur worked under challenging conditions to fight Covid-19. To help those affected by the virus, she spent 10 hours climbing up and down the hospital’s 17 flights of stairs to raise money for our Covid-19 Appeal.

In 2020, Alice shared: “For the last 9 months I have been working in A&E at The Royal London Hospital. These past 2 months have been extremely challenging due to a number of well documented reasons. However, I am proud to be a part of such a kind and hardworking team.”

Alice’s challenge was to spend 10 hours – the duration of a normal shift – climbing the stairs of one of The Royal London Hospital’s towers. In order to prepare for the challenge, she completed hill runs and prepared her legs on her spin bike.

Alice showing her support for the NHS

Supporting those in need

As an A&E doctor working on the frontline of the coronavirus response, Alice supported Emergency Covid-19 Appeal.

Through the Appeal we awarded rapid funding to her hospital for PPE. Our funding also helped provide iPads for patients to talk to their friends and family and extra stethoscopes and walkie-talkies to help staff communicate across Covid-19 isolation zones. Donations were also used for longer term initiatives like psychological support for staff and improving staff facilities.

We’re so grateful for Alice’s hard work on the NHS front line and for raising over £1,000 for our Emergency Covid-19 Appeal.

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