The fundraising event is due to take place between 13:00 – 16:00 in the main concourse with each minute representing a mile of the 160 mile journey that critically ill patients from the Channel Islands have to make to Southampton for life saving treatment. Southampton's GICU cares for the critically ill from the Channel Isles and patients come through the Airport on a regular basis.
Dottie Woods, who runs a local hula hoop class, will be leading the event along with founder of Where There’s a Will, Heather Parsons. Passengers and staff will be encouraged to come along and join in the fun by hula hooping some time towards the overall journey.
Southampton Airport is working in partnership with Where There’s a Will in 2016 to raise money to help improve the facilities for relatives of patients on the GICU. The unit currently only has one small waiting room and there are no formal overnight facilities, dedicated toilets, refreshment making provision or Wi-Fi in this room. Relatives want to stay close to the unit and their loved ones and at the moment the facilities available are not equipped for this.
“Being Southampton Airport’s charity of the year has been a massive honour for us. It has given us a wonderful opportunity to tell people about what it’s like to be affected by critical illness and to ask for their help. We desperately want to improve the support available to families whilst their loved ones are patients on GICU. The pain and trauma they experience is unimaginable. We want to ensure they have support in the waiting room to help get them through. Working together with the airport this year is helping us make huge strides towards making this happen.”
If you would like to donate to Where There’s a Will as they Hula Hoop to Jersey then please click here.