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21 July 2017

Pit stop visit to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children on the 12 Corners Challenge

Stephen Gibbs pootled by Bristol Royal Hospital for Children in his Indian tuk tuk, to raise awareness of the 12 Corners Challenge he's undertaking to raise money for Healing Little Hearts.

Visiting the most southerly, westerly, northerly and easterly points of mainland England, Scotland and Wales; Steve will be travelling no faster than 30mph, over 3000 miles, with plans to complete his challenge in 21 days.

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Steve is aiming to raise £6000 for Healing Little Hearts, who fund medics to travel to countries including Africa, India and Malaysia, to provide free heart surgery to young children and babies who need it.

Steve said: "My inspiration for this challenge came from my daughter, Helene, who is a paediatric intensive care sister at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Last year she was fortunate to travel to Malaysia with a team of medics from Healing Little Hearts and asked me whether I could raise funds for the charity so more medics could go on similar trips."

Helene, sister on the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, and Steve's daughter, said: "Raising funds for Healing Little Hearts is so important as the charity does such amazing work, providing cardiac surgery free to those who would just not be able to access it otherwise.  

"Going to Malaysia was a very humbling experience.  I met people who I will truly never forget.  Fundraising simply means more teams, like ours here at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, can travel to these countries to give more children the chance of life."

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