Iona’s dozen challenges for hospital charity


An intrepid fundraiser from Stafford has raised almost £1,500 for UHNM Charity by completing 12 challenges within 12 months.

Iona Botfield raised £1,484 for the Acute Stroke Unit at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Iona’s dozen challenges included competing in the Stafford Half Marathon, covering the distance of the English Channel on a rowing machine, and abseiling down the world’s tallest permanent abseil tower.

Iona said: “In August 2018 my Grandad Dennis suffered a large stroke and sadly passed away. During this awful time, he received exceptional care buy various departments at the University Hospital of North Midlands. I wanted to raise money and awareness of the fantastic work that our local hospital do for the people of our area. It was really nice to say that I was doing it for a local charity. I’ve loved doing it, and have become more involved in the local community. It’s been an exhausting few months but lots of fun.”

She added: “The hardest challenge was definitely the Yorkshire Three Peaks, as it was 12 hours of constant walking and hiking in the most awful weather, but if I had to do all my challenges again I would, as pushing yourself means you appreciate everything more so. After completing my challenges, it definitely feels like the end of an era.” 

Iona presented her cheque to Karen Hunter, Senior Sister on the Royal Stoke’s Acute Stroke Unit.

Karen said: “We’re all incredibly proud of Iona for her fundraising efforts, and have been following her challenges throughout the year. We have both an acute stroke ward and rehabilitation unit at UHNM, with every penny that Iona raises going to further improve patient care and experience on them.”

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