A HELICOPTER ride over London and half-hour flying lesson will be up for grabs alongside pampering treats and restaurant dinners at a fundraising auction held by St George’s Hospital staff on Friday 27th April for Cancer Research UK.

Organisers Endocrine Sister Lisa Wynn and Medical Oncology Registrar Susanna Alexander of the hospital’s Thomas Addison Unit are not only doing the legwork to gather loads of must-have prizes; they are also are also getting their trainers on to complete the charity’s Race for Life on May 2nd along with ten other colleagues.

The auction night will be at the staff social club, located next to Ingleby House, on the Perimeter Road, at 7pm. As well as the chance to bid for a two-hour limo ride, a month’s gym membership for two people, and golf and horse-riding lessons, there will be a raffle of smaller prizes such as bottles of spirits and gift vouchers. Other top lots for the auction include a quad bike session for four, paintballing for four, go-karting for 10, one year’s membership for clay pigeon shooting and round of golf for four people.

“People have been great,” says Susanna, who is also a Cancer Research UK Fellow, “Cancer touches so many people’s lives and people are very willing to help raise money to support research to find treatments and improve patient care.”

Her colleague, Lisa, added: “I wanted to do the Race of Life as a way to give to charity but also to get fit. When I asked people to train and run with me, I was amazed at their enthusiasm. The team also includes two daughters of staff, so there will be 14 of us altogether, which is fantastic. ”

The team are running the 5km Race for Life on May 2nd at Battersea Park are Endocrine Sister Fiona Anthony-Pillai, Clinic Coordinators Emma Austin, Kim Mitchell, Mary Barnetson and Debi Reece, Clinic Manager Julia Duffy, Diabetic Nurse Specialists Anne Walton, Angela Flanagan and Janette O’Brien, Medical Secretary Penny Firth and Healthcare Assistant Marie Stafford. All the staff are from the Thomas Addison Unit which is a centre for research into endocrine diseases, including diabetes, and clinical services for patients. The event starts at 7.30pm.

Companies donating prizes include Biggin Hill Helicopters, Harvard Aviation, Occasion Catering and Event Planning, Playscape Indoor Karting, Campaign Paintball, the West London Shooting School, Quad Squadand Virgin Active Health Clubs.

Notes to editors

  1. For more information, please contact Communications Manager Esther Ferguson on 020 8725 4521 or at esther.ferguson@stgeorges.nhs.uk