A nurse from Kings Langley celebrated her one-year kidney transplant anniversary this month and has been showing her gratitude to the NHS by walking 365 miles in 30 days, all in her garden.
Peggy West has been unable to continue in her role as a nurse at Hammersmith Hospital due to being in the extremely vulnerable category, therefore stopping her from working on the coronavirus front line.
Due to a rare condition that was unknown to her, Peggy was diagnosed with Renal Disease, which progressed to End Stage Renal Disease in 2018 and was placed on the transplant list.
She was fortunate enough to have seven family, friends and workmates offer to donate to her, and in the end, Peggy’s son was a 100 per cent match and gave her one of her kidneys.
Peggy started walking on April 22 and finished on May 22, the same day which marked the one-year anniversary.
The fundraising page on JustGiving has reached over £2,000, which has smashed her initial target of £500.
Peggy is originally from Zimbabwe and is the great granddaughter of Charles West, one of the founders and first physicians of Great Ormond Street.
She is a registered nurse, occupational therapist and has completed her social work post qualifying modules as a part of her master’s degree.
On her fundraiser, there is three main reasons why she wants to donate money to the NHS.
Those being: “The admiration and respect for all health and social care professionals who are on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic and including those at Hammersmith Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“The disappointment that she cannot be on be on the frontline with her colleagues, and the sadness of the loss of life of her health and social care colleagues.”
Donations can still be made to Peggy’s fundraiser by heading to justgiving.com/fundraising/peggy-west1