Staff members from the neurology ward at the Royal United Hospitals Bath have teamed up for the My Walk of Life Marathon, a virtual walking event organised by the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal.
Doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, clinical nurse specialists and administrative staff from Helena Ward are clocking up 26.2 miles of walking during September.
Rosie Lloyd, a Senior Sister on the Helena Ward said: “We have decided to take on the challenge of walking a marathon by capturing our steps during our busy shifts to raise some money to improve patient experience on Helena ward.
“We would like to put the funds towards an outdoor area for Neurology patients to enjoy, either for therapy sessions or for them to spend time with their families during visiting. Neurology patients often have a longer stay in hospital than other patients so having an outdoor area for them would aid their recovery and have a positive impact on their physical and emotional wellbeing.
“Each member of our team is hoping to raise £100. So please help spread the word and support us with a donation if you can.”
Helena ward cares for patients like Ed Jackson, former professional rugby player who sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident which left him paralysed and was told that he may never walk again. After dedicating himself to intensive recovery and rehabilitation at three hospitals, including Helena Ward, Ed is not only walking, but climbing mountains and raising thousands of pounds for charities, including The Forever Friends Appeal.
Ed said: “The incredible people of the NHS saved my life and got me back on my feet and this wouldn’t have been possible without them.”
Karlie Evans, Events and Community Officer said: “It’s great to see another ward signing up, and it’s not too late if anyone else would like to take part.
“The response to the event so far has been fantastic. More than 194 people are taking part, raising £24,595 to date, and they have covered over 2,000 miles already.
“It’s completely up to you how you decide to complete the 26.2 mile challenge by the end of September. Why not take this opportunity to get out and discover the great outdoors or tot up your miles in your own home or garden.”
To make your steps count for RUH staff and patients sign up to the My Walk of Life Marathon today. It’s free to register and if you raise £100 by 30 September you will receive a medal. For more information visit: www.my walkoflifemarathon.co.uk.
If you are unable to take part this year, please consider making a donation to Helena Ward – you can find them on the website above.