British Airways’ Cabin Crew Takes Part in Chain of Hope Walk
HARMONDSWORTH, England, February 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
A team of ten British Airways cabin crew from Gatwick will walk with the fastest man
in the world later this month for a cause that is close to all their hearts.
The crew of BA2263 will operate a flight from London Gatwick to Kingston, Jamaica and
then join world champion and current Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt for the 5.6km
Sigma Walkathon in aid of the Chain of Hope charity.
British Airways has a long-standing partnership with Chain of Hope, a charity set up
by the eminent heart surgeon Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, who plans to establish a brand
new cardiac centre at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston.
The 10 cabin crew champions, Kayti Roberts, Suzi Ball, Christina Smith, Kerryanne
Meehan, Camilla Broglia, Michelle Oakes, Emma Oliver, Sarah Hill, Robert Brock and Louise
Speakman, also plan to visit the hospital during their three-day stay in Kingston.
Some of them have visited previously and have sat in on cardiac surgery procedures on
children with life-threatening heart diseases.
The UK charity sends out medical teams to treat children in their own country, setting
up training programmes for local surgeons and medical staff. But the number of operations
that can be performed is limited by the number of Intensive Care Unit beds available. The
new cardiac centre will house 10 new beds, an operating theatre and a catheter laboratory
and allow doctors to help many more children in need of life saving surgery.
Kayti Roberts from Haywards Heath is one of the crew members making a return visit to
the hospital. She said: “I was fortunate enough to sit in on open heart surgery on a young
child and it was a life changing experience.
“Chain of Hope is such a fantastic charity, Magdi Yacoub is an amazing man and
everyone is so passionate about what they do and the difference they make to these
children’s lives. It is fantastic that British Airways supports the charity and that we
are all getting the chance to help by taking part in the walkathon.”
Up to 500 children are born with congenital heart disease in Jamaica every year. Of
these, half require medical or surgical intervention or face a premature death. The
current waiting list for cardiac surgery at the Bustamante Hospital is at least 150
children, with 100 new patients added to the list annually.
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