Big-hearted staff at Stobhill are fundraising in style for little Ayesha Siddiqui (aged seven) – daughter of Dr Nadeem Siddiqui, a consultant gynaecology oncologist at Glasgow’s Royal Infirmary – who has been diagnosed with leukaemia and is being treated with chemotherapy whilst the search for a bone marrow donor continues.
Dr Siddiqui has been fundraising on behalf of the Anthony Nolan Trust which helps find bone marrow donors for leukaemia sufferers across the UK.
Staff at Stobhill outpatient department decided they wanted to get behind Dr Siddiqui’s appeal and decided to liven things up at the New Stobhill by holding their own Easter Bonnet parade with staff throughout the hospital wearing Easter bonnets. All staff wishing to take part must pay £1 to wear their Easter bonnet on 4 April and many more wonderful prize draws and raffles taking place.
Senior staff nurse Tracy Reid, who helped organise the event, said: “Many of us have worked with Dr Siddiqui for a number of years and consider him a friend as well as a colleague. We all wanted to do something to raise money and awareness for his daughter Ayesha.
“On April 4th, everyone will wear their hats throughout the hospital and the welcome desk will be set up with collection buckets decorated in sky blue ribbon - one of Ayesha's favourite colours. Posters explaining Ayesha's appeal, as well as posters for Anthony Nolan Trust/register will be up and we’ll have chocolate eggs to distribute to all the visitors to our table in reception and children visiting that day.
“For the past few weeks the fundraising group have been telephoning and letter dropping local companies and stores as well as family and colleagues to donate chocolate eggs to give away on the day and for prizes in the raffles and tombolas. One of our local schools is also completing a sponsored hill walk for Ayesha, while two staff members are running 10k for sponsorship.
“We have also many other donations from WH Smith, Boots, Thorntons, Hobbycraft, Morrisons and Bowmore distillery as well as a hamper from our local farmshop which visits the hospital. We’ve are very grateful for all the support and donations received.”
Dr Siddiqui has been fundraising for the Anthony Nolan Trust as part of his appeal for mixed race donors to come forward to be tested, not just as a possible match for Ayesha but for many other children.
Dr Siddiqui explained: “I am very grateful to my colleagues in Stobhill and across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde who have been so generous with their time and money. We’ve been very successful in fundraising to date raising more than £45,000 in four weeks which is wonderful.
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