Caple raises over £220K for subarachnoid haemorrhage research

KitchensNews Fri 9th Jun 2023 by KBBFocus

Caple raises over £220K for subarachnoid haemorrhage research

Caple raises over £220K for subarachnoid haemorrhage research

Fundraising activities from appliance specialist Caple and the friends and family of Billie Elizabeth Wood have helped raise more than £220K for the charity, Billie Elizabeth Wood Trust (BEWT). This was set up by family members in honour of the memory of Billie, the daughter of Caple's service director Richard Wood.

Billie was the niece of Caple’s MD Danny Lay and finance director Graham Perry, and the granddaughter of chairman Maurice Lay. The family fondly describe her as a down-to-earth, positive caring person who suddenly became very ill and was rushed to Southmead Hospital where she spent six days in intensive care with a subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). Billie then suffered a 'vasospasm’ which can occur within two weeks following an SAH, which caused a fatal stroke.

The money raised will now help Southmead Hospital Charity, the official charity of North Bristol NHS Trust, to fund two new positions to support research – a vasospasm research nurse and a research facilitator. This funding allocation follows agreement on a proposal for a dedicated vasospasm research team, submitted by Crispin Wigfield, one of the hospital’s consultant neurosurgeons.
Caple MD Danny Lay said: “Following the heart-breaking news of Billie’s untimely death, with the help of her family, Caple and her friends we have all managed to make a difference by raising more than £220K for the charity, BEWT. I think Billie would be extremely proud of our efforts and she would fully support our aim to help others in a similar situation.”

Fundraising activities continue and the Thames Rowing Challenge is BEWT’s latest event this week. Billie’s family and friends are rowing 85 miles along the Thames in four vintage skiffs from Clifton Hampden (Clifton Lock) to Walton Bridge (Shepperton Lock). You can support the Thames Rowing Challenge team if you make a donation HERE

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