NCL lecturer’s virtual wedding raises money for sick kids

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A Lecturer from New College Lanarkshire has held a virtual wedding toast on the planned date of her big day to raise money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.

Kiera Ward and her fiancé David McAdam had to postpone their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, they invited close friends and family to take part in an online celebration on the day they should have tied the knot – and encouraged their virtual guests to make donations to the charity.

Kiera has now raised more than £60,000 for the charity arm of the hospital which helped her walk again following complications from a leg injury at the age of ten.

She was unable to walk for 18 months and was later diagnosed with a rare condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS), which affects the central nervous system and resulted in Kiera spending much of her childhood in and out of Yorkhill.

Kiera said: “It’s a great feeling just knowing you have helped out such a fantastic charity. It’s great just to give back.

“I couldn’t stop thinking about how all the community charity events for Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity were cancelled, and I know how much the charity needs support with fundraising to help the hospital.

“So I thought we could try and make a positive out of a negative situation.

“I was mindful that this situation has affected people financially, so I didn’t expect the support that I got. It really was amazing.“This has helped make a day which we were really dreading fun and meaningful.

“We got a great response and raised more than £800 on the day with donations still coming in.

“It brought a tear to my eye seeing my flower girl and page boy all dressed up – they looked amazing and I can’t wait to celebrate our wedding with them all in October.”

Kiera began her fundraising journey more than ten years ago and has organised a variety of different events, including three charity balls.

She has worked as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Supported Learning at our Motherwell Campus for two years.

Kiera added: “I love working with our students and love to see them grow in confidence.

“I love the community of the College and working with a great team. It really is my dream job.

“It is challenging working from home and as a team we are checking in with students regularly.

“I can’t wait to get back to our students whenever it will be safe enough to do so.”

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, which supports all of the babies, children and young people treated at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children and Neonatal Units, has launched an Emergency Fundraising Appeal to support front-line NHS staff, and the families in their care.

Kirsten Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “During this challenging time, it is always humbling to hear about our supporters going above and beyond to make a difference.

“We are incredibly grateful to Kiera for her outstanding fundraising efforts over the years and would like to wish her and David the world of happiness in their future together.”

For more information about Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, please visit www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org

To learn more about Kiera’s fundraising journey, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kiera-ward

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