Feb 14 2013 By Hannah Raven
A FUN DAY in memory of an Eastcote man raised £3,000 for Hillingdon Hospital’s Bevan Ward.
About 300 people attended the day which was organised by the family and friends of Karl Sandwith, who lost his battle with leukaemia last year aged 36.
Around 160 people took part in a three hour Zumbathon which was followed by an evening disco.
It is estimated there is another £500 to come.
Karl’s sister Natasha Huckle said: “It was fantastic. The best part of the day was seeing so many people there for Karl while they were laughing and having fun.
“The people just made it and our friends have been amazing.”
She says she is very grateful to the people who gave up their time to help.
“It wouldn’t have been the same without everyone,” she said.
The family hope to buy some massage chairs and fans for the rooms on the ward and fund some specialist courses for the nurses.
“Some blood courses aren’t funded any more,” said Natasha, “But it’s important the nurses go on them.”
The next fundraising project is a charity auction at Eastcote Cricket Club on March 2, which is being arranged by Karl's friend, Marc Broom.
“This is not the end, this is just the beginning of our fundraising. There are so many things we want to do,” said Natasha.
“It has really helped with the loss to be involved with something positive and give something back to the people who helped Karl.”
If you or your business would like to donate a prize to the auction, contact Natasha at email@example.com