A former patient who embarked on a series of fundraising challenges with his family after recovering from a brain haemorrhage has returned to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, to thank the neurosurgeon who saved his life.
Andy’s adventures in Peru help lifesavers
Andy Walder, 58, from King’s Lynn, handed a cheque for more than £10,000 to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust and consultant neurosurgeon, Rikin Trivedi. He led the team that saved Andy’s life by clipping a ruptured aneurysm causing a bleed on his brain.
Andy returned to work as Director of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) six months after the haemorrhage but took early retirement a year later with an ambition to raise money for the neurosurgery department that saved his life.
Fundraising activities included many adventures that he would not have considered previously, such as completing the Inca Trail in Peru with daughter, Jasmine.
Andy’s other daughter, Francesca, helped by running the London Marathon –over approximately the same distance of 26 miles – and followed that up with a skydive.
Andy’s wife, Karen, and family friends have been raising money through activities as diverse as a pop-up Italian restaurant to a cricket competition.
A charity ball, organised by Karen, Francesca and Jasmine, was the biggest fundraising event of them all.
Andy said: “We have had great fun raising this money and have been fortunate to create some lasting memories, none of which would have been possible without Addenbrooke’s.
“They are simply amazing at what they do – so professional, caring and compassionate. We are also truly grateful to everyone who has helped us; our friends, family and local businesses have been fantastic.”
Mr Trivedi added: “They have raised a remarkable amount. It is great to see Andy doing so well and hear about the fundraising adventures.
“Training the next generation of neurosurgeons is something we take very seriously as a department and we will use this money to help our juniors develop their skills.”
To find out more about giving back to the hospitals at Cambridge University Hospitals, please visit www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk or call 01223 217757.
Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (ACT) is the independent registered charity for Cambridge University Hospitals (including Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital).