A Royal Stoke University Hospital patient has walked over 200 miles to raise money for UHNM Charity.
Eluned Beryl Vaughan – known as Beryl to her friends – suffered from an aneurysm in September 2017. While the surgeon sent the dye to the brain through the groin to clear the blood from the burst aneurysm, he discovered another aneurysm, and was required to place a coil to prevent Beryl's condition getting any worse
Following her treatment, Beryl, from from Welshpool, made the decision to raise some money for the neurosurgery ward at Royal Stoke. She decided, along with her daughter, to show the world that no aneurysm was enough to knock Beryl Vaughan down. Beryl has completed two huge hikes for us this past year, taking on Hadrian's Wall from 9 – 14 June 2018, an 85 mile walk, and the final stage of the Camino Royale Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage from 14 – 23 September 2018, a whopping 145 miles.
Beryl said: "Hadrian's Wall was especially interesting as we walked from The Banks Promenade to Wallsend. We saw the remains of the Wall from the beginning as there is not a lot remaining at the end.
"The experience of walking The Camino was thrilling. We walked through small villages and hamlets, vineyards, eucalyptus trees, farmlands and farmyards. The churches along the way were delightful and arriving at Santiago with hundreds of people all wanting their certificates and the Mass at the Cathedral was quite something else."
So far, Beryl has raised nearly £2,000, and she is still accepting donations. Donations can be made here.
Beryl continued: "Walking for Royal Stoke neurosurgery ward has given me such pleasure and enjoyment. The treatment I received was fantastic, as was the care by all staff - nothing was too much trouble. I do hope that I can raise even more for such a worthy amazing hospital."
Suzzanne Jones, Ward 228 Deputy Sister, said: "Beryl really has gone above and beyond to support us here in neurosurgery, and we are so thankful for her fundraising efforts. The amount she has raised is an absolute testament to her strength and positive attitude, and the incredible person Beryl is."