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London Bridge Hospital takes part in a fundraiser event for Thai Orphanage regeneration programme

17 January 2012

Kurt Thomson, one of London Bridge Hospital’s Radiographers recently organised a charity event to help raise money for the Phaya Thai Babies Home in Bangkok. Kurt will be travelling to Thailand to volunteer at the orphanage, which was affected by the recent floods and he has been raising money to help fund the regeneration of the home following the destruction.

Kurt organised a raffle and charity event 'Bingo for Bangkok' to help him raise money for the orphanage.  A number of the attendees included staff from London Bridge Hospital and great prizes for the raffle and bingo were donated by staff members and local businesses in the London Bridge area. In total Kurt raised £1,850.60, which will reach the children at the orphanage directly.

Kurt will start volunteering in February for a month at Phaya Thai Babies Home. The charity is close to Kurts heart, as his nephew , Wira was adopted from Phaya Thai Babies Home when he was three years old. Wira had been in the orphanage since birth and hadn’t been adopted as he was categorised as mentally challenged. When Wira joined his new family in his new home, he was seen by a paediatrician and was diagnosed with severe ear infections. He had trouble hearing, which was why the orphanage had labelled him mentally challenged. Wira’s hearing has since been treated and he is now one of the brightest pupils in his class. He was never challenged in the first place, but simply subject to the poor medical attention in Bangkok.

Kurt comments: “The total money raised for the orphanage exceeded my expectations, I am extremely excited. The money will be used for a great cause whilst I volunteer the Phaya Thai Babies Home and I will endeavour to find the best way to spend the money to help the orphanage while I am there. I would like to thank everyone who participated in my fund raiser, it was a great evening and the generosity of everyone there will not be forgotten.”