Peterborough fundraiser Maggie has £70,000 in her sights

Maggie Mooney's cheque presentation
Maggie Mooney's cheque presentation

Liver transplant survivor Maggie Mooney is looking to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS by pushing her fundraising effort through the £70,000 barrier.

Maggie (54), from Werrington, who underwent her lifesaving transplant operation in 2011 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, has been fundraising for the hospital’s charitable trust (ACT) ever since.

Last year, the then Mayor of Peterborough cllr John Fox chose ACT as one of his “mayor’s charities” and on September 21 Maggie presented her share - £9,800 - to professor Watson and staff on the high depency ward - where she had spent time being treated.

The donation took Maggie’s fundraising total for ACT to £64,000, a sum she hopes to add to with her eighth charity ball, which takes place on November 24 at Peterborough United’s stadium.

“ I would really like to thank the mayor and his team plus everyone who has donated over the last seven years to help raise this fantastic amount of money,” she said.

“I know that it is really appreciated at Addenbrooke’s, and I know it is going to good use - helping with liver perfusion which means they have been able to transplant organs they might otherwise been unable to use, which is incredible.”

She added: “With it being 70 years since the start of the NHS, and 50 years since the first liver transplant, I had it in my head to reach £70,000 from my fundraising. But thanks to the money from the mayor’s charities taking the total to £64,000, I want to smash through the £70,000 barrier.

“There are tickets still on sale for the ball but what I do need is for local companies to get onboard with some nice auction and raffle prizes which will help bring some money in on the night.”

To help, or buy tickets, email magsmooney64@gmail.com