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Singing for King’s

12.01.15 Categories: Helipad Appeal, Staff stories, Supporter stories

Koruso! - the Southwark Community Choir (pictured above) - hit the high notes at their Christmas concert in December and raised over £1,200 for the Helipad Appeal.

St Peter’s Church in Walworth was packed to the rafters as the crowd were treated to a mixture of traditional carols and songs from musicals, as well as a special rendition of ‘Maoz Tzur’ in celebration of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Also performing were south London flute choir, Opal Flutes, showcasing a variety of music involving snow and sleighs. Even members of the audience were persuaded to get up and sing along too, making for a fun and festive evening for all.

Speaking at the event was former patient Suzanne Ratajova, who reflected on her experience at King’s and the importance of the helipad appeal.  Almost three years ago, Suzanne was rushed to King’s after a random violent attack against her resulted in critical head injuries. Having been given a 50-50 chance of survival, the five hour surgery she underwent proved successful and she is now fully recovered.

Since then Suzanne has been a dedicated fundraiser for the hospital, bravely taking on the challenge of abseiling 100 feet down the Golden Jubilee Wing at King’s last summer, amongst other activities.

‘I cannot ever repay the doctors for my second chance to live,’ she says. ‘Fundraising as much money as I can for King’s Helipad Appeal is a little thank you from me. And once the helipad is built, I will be very proud to think that I played a small part in it.’

Thank you to Suzanne, and the choir, Koruso! Find out about some of our upcoming events

Image right: Suzanne completing her abseil for the helipad appeal