Pledge a tenner and provide a home for a hippo

Fundraiser Mark Harris has come up with a hippo-tastic way to raise sponsorship for his 50-mile fancy dress trek.

Every person that pledges £10 or more through his Just Giving page will receive a special cuddly PHA UK hippo in return for posting a photo of it in its new home on social media.

In August, Mark and his friends will complete their trek from Cheshire to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, where Mark’s brother Paul is treated for PH. The group will dress as nurses, in support of the team who care for him there.

With a £5,000 fundraising target, Mark is calling on people to donate to PHA UK via his JustGiving page. Those who pledge at least £10 can then email their name as it appears on the page, along with their address, to

A soft toy hippo will be posted out by the PHA UK office, and people are then being asked to share a photo of them with their cuddly creature onto Facebook and Twitter, along with the hashtags #PHAUK and #Peaks4PHA.

You can donate via this page and please also share this link when posting your hippo photos.

Last medically reviewed: July, 2016 • July, 2019