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A six-year-old schoolgirl has helped raise over £13,000 for West Middlesex Hospital by running a mini-marathon.

Ariana who attends Notting Hill and Ealing High School took part Ealing Mini-Marathon on Saturday (25 September) with her friends.

The group was fundraising for the charity CW+, the official charity of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which runs the West Mid.

Ariana ran the one-mile race with 27 of her friends in memory and celebration of her little sister, Amara, who passed away in 2019 when she was just 14 months old. All the money raised from ‘Team Amara’ will go towards maternity bereavement services at West Middlesex, who the family say have been a tremendous source of support.

Ariana’s and Amara’s mother Sonal, who is a Consultant Surgeon at West Middlesex University Hospital, said, “I am very proud of Ariana and all of ‘Team Amara’ for running in Amara’s memory and raising invaluable funds for West Mid. I am so thankful for the support that my family and I received from the hospital’s maternity bereavement services, and we are so pleased to be able to give something back to help other bereaved parents who have sadly lost a baby in pregnancy or as a young child”.

Sally Kelly, Specialist Bereavement Midwife at West Middlesex University Hospital, said: “We are so very grateful to Sonal for her support. We were honoured to support Sonal and her family through such tragic circumstances, and I would like to say a special thank you to Ariana and her friends for participating in the Ealing Mini-Marathon for us. They have raised a fantastic amount of money for our West Mid maternity bereavement services, which will make a real impact, helping patients and families during such sad and difficult times”.

West Middlesex University Hospital has recently celebrated its 100th year.

To make a donation to CW+ via Ariana’s JustGiving page click here.

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October 8, 2021

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