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Jet ski challenge raises £8,012.82 for Milton Keynes Hospital Charity

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Over £8k raised for MK Hospital Charity
(Left to right) Chris Kealy, neonatal unit senior sister Karen Rice, corporate fundraising officer Michaela Clark and Richard Hird.

Two men from Milton Keynes have raised £8,012.82 for Milton Keynes Hospital Charity’s neonatal unit fund. 

Richard Hird and Chris Kealy, who both work at MK-based company Felder, wanted to set themselves a unique fundraising challenge to raise funds for the hospital’s neonatal unit. So the duo decided to jump on their jet skis and travel across the English Channel! 

Despite force ten gales being forecast the week of their challenge, the pair narrowly missed the weather and made it across the channel safe and sound. 

Richard said: “We trained hard in all types of weather to make sure we were prepared for any eventuality. It was great to be able to support the charity and neonatal ward in particular as it’s a cause close to both mine and Chris’ hearts.” 

Their jet ski raised a staggering £8,012.82, which will fund a new cardiac monitor. The monitor will make a huge difference to the neonatal unit, checking the vital signs of some of the hospital’s tiniest patients. 

Chris said: “We hope that we’ve inspired others to take on a challenge event for the charity.” 

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity raises funds to enhance the experience of thousands of patients at Milton Keynes University Hospital. People can support any ward or department. For more information on the charity, or to enquire about challenge events, please contact fundraising officer Michaela Clark on 01908 997316 or fundraising@mkuh.nhs.uk.

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