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Burns patient raising money for hospital ward

Finn Darrington from Crowborough is undertaking a Commando Series Obstacle Run to raise money for the hospital ward which treated him for a burn injury he suffered as a baby.

Finn with some of the staff on Peanut Ward

Finn was seven months old when he first visited Peanut Ward at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, for treatment to his hand. Finn, who is in Year 10 at Beacon Academy, has needed multiple surgeries, mainly skin grafts but also bone splints over the years.

Now he is inviting people to sponsor him to improve the experience of children suffering burns, injuries and other surgeries being treated at the pediatric ward:

I want to raise money for the ward because of the amazing job they do. Going to hospital and having surgery is never fun, especially not when you have to keep going back for more.  

At the moment the ward are trying to improve their play and learning equipment. When I was visiting and staying at hospital for longer times, the play equipment and facilities really helped to distract me when I was hurting, and stop me getting too bored. They have things for babies right up to gaming for teenagers, and help support learning for those who are there and missing school for longer times. 

Finn with some tired-looking outdoor play equipment

Finn who lives with his family off Luxford Lane will be well known to members of the scouting and rugby communities in Crowborough. Finn’s mum Emma will be also be competing as he’s not old enough to do it alone. Together they will be tackling some of the toughest obstacles straight out of the Commando test book at Hever Castle on 9th November.

If you would like to find-out more about Finn’s story take a look at his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/finn-darrington.

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