Ray Duffy

Why I am supporting the charity
In 2013, aged 68 I was rushed by ambulance to Harefield Hospital following a collapse at home. During my heart observations cancer was found on my lung resulting in surgery, and so I remain under Harefield for both my heart and lung. My wife was also under Harefield for a heart problem and had a successful cardiac ablation in 2016 which turned out to be an Atypical slow-slow AVNRT.

I would like to give something back to the Hospital by fundraising for the charity as a result of us both receiving excellent care from all the staff at Harefield Hospital.


My fundraising challenge
I propose cycling 2000 miles from Perth (in Western Australia) to Adelaide (in South Australia) across the Nullabor Plain in September 2018. I would like to raise money towards the Harefield Transplant Appeal in support of the work of Harefield Hospital.

In 2017, I completed the 26 miles Grand Canal Challenge from Royal Brompton Hospital to Harefield Hospital, raising over £300, I will be taking part again this year!

The Australian connection
The very special link between Australia and Harefield Hospital began over 100 yrs ago with the establishment of a Military Hospital at Harefield Park. The Billyard-Leakes family from South Australia who owned Harefield Park gave their Estate to the Australian Government during the First World War for the treatment and care of wounded Australian servicemen, becoming the first Auxillary Australian Hospital in 1915, being one chapter in Harefield Hospital's remarkable 100 years plus history.


Thank you for supporting me, your contributions are greatly appreciated!

Ray Duffy