FUNDRAISING for the new London Irish Ward at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore passed the £½ million mark last night thanks to a successful charity event featuring snooker legend Jimmy 'The Whirlwind' White.
Kelly’s Bar in Hendon was the venue for a 'Challenge Jimmy White Pool Evening', which gave RNOH fund supporters the opportunity of playing a frame of pool against one of snookers all time legends.
Referee for the evening was former snooker star John Virgo and among those taking on The Whirlwind was Professor Tim Briggs, Medical Director of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, who managed to win his frame.
The appeal to build and fit out the London Irish Ward at the RNOH was launched in June 2016 and will see a new 32-bed acute ward, fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, being created.
It will allow the RNOH to extend and improve their vital and lifesaving services to more people than ever before.
The RNOH is among the top three centres in the world for the diagnosis and treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions, including spinal cord injuries, bone cancer and complex hip problems.
It treats patients from all over the world including the Republic of Ireland.