Cissy’s big year for Challenge150
Cissy Adamou has been a patient at Evelina London since she was a baby. She was diagnosed with a serious congenital heart condition before birth, had open heart surgery at 6 months old, and then again, when she was two.
She has continued to receive treatment at Evelina London throughout her life, including pre and post operative care for a heart transplant she had at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle in 2010, a kidney transplant in 2012, and major orthopaedic surgery to help her to walk again after she developed a nerve disorder called neuropathy in her feet and legs.
Cissy is now 19, is doing well and studying Journalism at Newcastle University, where she hopes to use these skills to share her story and raise awareness of issues like organ donation.
But while she hones her reporting skills before graduating, Cissy has some big plans to share her story and help others like her. She is taking on an ambitious series of #Challenge150 events along with her mum, Jo.
Together, they’re organising a mix of active challenges and ticketed events, including an abseil, a 10k run, a disco and a concert. People can follow and support Cissy and Jo’s challenge through #THANKYOUFOR150EVELINA social media posts, as they work towards a goal of raising £150,000.
Cissy explains why Challenge 150 is so important to her:
‘Evelina London is the reason I am alive today and enjoying life. I know that this is also true for thousands of children across the country, and I feel that it’s so important to support the hospital by fundraising so they can continue to care for even more children in the future.’
‘We’re organising a concert that'll take place in the October half term. We want it to be a night where the public, Evelina London patients and staff can come together to enjoy music, comedy and dance, while thanking the hospital for 150 years of dedication to saving young lives.’
But if you’re looking for inspiration and want to organise your own #Challenge150, it doesn’t have be a big event or huge challenge, as Cissy says:
‘No idea is too big or too small, there are endless ways to raise money. You don’t have to run a marathon or climb a mountain; simple things can be just as effective. Use your hobbies and interests as a basis for your event, get your friends and family together and have some fun while you’re doing it’.
Whether it’s putting on a show or taking a stroll, you can help us celebrate by taking on a #Challenge150 to mark our special birthday year. How will you get involved? Register for your own Challenge 150 today.
Lead Photo: Evelina London's Grainne Walsh, Cissy Adamou, Cissy's clinician John Simpson, and her mother, Jo Adamou.