From time to time we come across fundraisers who won’t only be donating their time to fundraise, but also helping to use the funds that are being raised for. Eleanor Farrow and Hayley Reeve are Cardiac Physiologists in the Echocardiography team in the Cardiology out-patients department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Trust hospital (NNUH). They perform ultrasound scans on hearts (echocardiography) and are fundraising to visit Cape Town and screen children for signs of valvular disease, predominantly Rheumatic Mitral Valve Disease.
The two women have volunteered for a humanitarian project in Cape Town called Echo in Africa, a charity run by the British Society of Echocardiography. The charity points out “There are 15.6 million people worldwide living with the consequences of Rheumatic Heart Disease and most of these people live in areas with severe social and economic challenges. However, with early detection and proper treatment many of the devastating complications can be prevented.” The humanitarian project will provide echocardiography scans for 2,000 children in the surrounding villages of Cape Town.
The women will be using the opportunity to not only work and provide valuable skills for the Echo in Africa charity, but they will be able use the knowledge gained from their experience within the NNUH cardiology department on their return.
Eleanor said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to support and develop cardiology out in South Africa and to learn about and experience the detection and quantification of a disease which occurs only in isolated cases in the UK, and bring this knowledge to our department at the NNUH.”
Hayley and Eleanor are fundraising to cover the travel costs of the trip and to meet the minimum fundraising amount for the charity. Any extra funds raised will be used to support the training of local health professionals and provide equipment and facilities in the hope that the project can become sustainable. To raise the funds required, the pair have organised a variety of fundraising events including a quiz, a World Cup sweepstake, a charity gig involving local bands, raffles, a cake sale and will be undertaking a 17 mile sponsored walk in the Norfolk area.
To support Eleanor and Hayley in their efforts, sponsor them via their Virgin Money Giving page.