How Rehana was inspired to help hospital in Syria
A mother has pledged to raise £25,000 to kit out a surgical theatre in a Syrian hospital.
Rehana Valli was inspired to take on the challenge while at a fund-raising event held by the charity Human Appeal International, which is behind a project to build three hospitals in Syria.
She has already raised about £1,000 by selling food and cakes and has more events planned to raise cash, including a sponsored walk that was taking place today.
Rehana, 42, from Hamilton, Leicester, said: "I made the promise to raise the cash at an event by Human Appeal in Birmingham in December.
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"They were showing films about their work and showed one of a little girl who was hit by a sniper in Syria.
"Her father had to travel for a week to the nearest hospital in Turkey to get her treatment. She survived, but is paralysed.
"The lady on stage was talking about their shopping list for things they needed for the hospitals they were building.
"Top of the list was £25,000 for the equipment for one of the theatres.
"I don't know what came over me but I stood up and said 'I will do that'.
"I started making a list of ways I was going to do it straightaway."
Before her pledge, Rehana, a care worker, raised £4,500 for Human Appeal International through Ramadan fund-raising.
She was at the fund-raising event in Birmingham to hand over the money when she promised to raise a further £25,000.
The hospitals are being built thanks to money already raised by the charity, which works with people affected by poverty, social injustice or natural disasters.
"It still needs the cash to equip the buildings.
Rehana has until the end of November to raise the money, which will pay for items such as oxygen, tables and medicines.
"I think I can do it," said the mum-of-four.
"I'm quite a determined person and people I don't even know have offered money or help.
"I think it is a really important cause to help people who have no medical help – it can make the difference between someone who has been hurt living or dying."
Rehana and about 50 of her friends and family were taking part in a five-mile sponsored walk today, leaving Spinney Hill Park at 11am and heading to Tesco at Hamilton and back.
Anybody interested in donating to the appeal can find out more by e-mailing: