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Coronavirus Survivor To Raise Money For Hospital Charity

Gillian Bennett
Gillian Bennett in her charity tshirt

04 August 2020

An 80-year-old coronavirus survivor is raising money for the hospital that ‘saved her life’ – by completing a trackday in her wheelchair.

Gillian Bennett, from Nantwich, was admitted to Crewe’s Leighton Hospital after her temperature soared to forty degrees during a chest infection.

Once in hospital she tested positive for coronavirus and her condition deteriorated. Gillian started to make a recovery, however, and after almost four weeks she was well enough to be discharged home.

She now aims to raise £500 for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity to give something back to the hospital that cared for her.

The appropriately named ‘Gilly-Athlon’ will see Gillian complete two very unique events to her. The first will take place next Monday (10 August) as she aims to complete 10 miles round the local race-circuit, Oulton Park, in her battery powered wheelchair. 

Following this track day she will take to the pool as she attempts a 100-metre swim using floatation aids, however, the date on this is still to be confirmed due to on-going COVID restrictions. 

Gillian said: “During my month long stay in my local hospita, I received excellent care from a whole team of dedicated NHS professionals who worked tirelessly every day to save my life as well as others.

“My local hospital has always been there for me during my life’s ups and downs, from a heart attack to having had a serious stroke back in 2016 which left me disabled and confined to a wheel chair. I therefore feel it’s time to give something back.” 

Carole Salmon, Charity Community Fundraiser, said: “''Gill's story and fundraising energy are truly inspirational. I am looking forward to cheering her on during her challenge. I would like to say a big thank you to her and her family for their support".

If you wish to donate to Gillian’s cause you can do here: 

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=GillBennett1&pageUrl=1