Walking for our wards

Nurses, hospital workers and patients are preparing to walk to raise money for wards at the county’s main hospitals at an event in Cirencester Park next month.

The Walk for Wards event takes place on Sunday 11th October 2015 in Cirencester Park and is raising money for the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity.

Those taking part have chosen to walk 3k or 10k and are doing so to raise money for a ward or department of their choice.

There are many former patients taking part as well as families of those who have received care in our hospitals in the past. Helen Munro was recently a patient at Cheltenham General Hospital. She is also a Non-Executive Director for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and says she will be walking with her husband on the day:

“I wanted to give something back to Alstone Ward to say thank you but chocolates and a card didn’t seem like it was enough. I am raising money for them to spend on the ward as they see fit.”

Ward Sister Louise Wiggins and Nurse Janine White (pictured) will also be walking for Alstone Ward which is an Orthopaedic ward which specialises in planned Orthopaedic surgery.  Louise explains why they are raising the money for their ward:

“This is an excellent opportunity to raise money for the ward and purchase specific items to support patients in their rehabilitation programme post operatively.

“Long-term, we would like to raise enough money to purchase a bladder scanner for the ward. However, smaller items such as foot stools, to aid post-operative swelling in knee surgery, will be extremely beneficial”. 

The walk is free to enter, but participants are asked to raise a minimum of £20. Dogs are welcome on leads and refreshments will be provided.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Fundraising Director Kate Green:

“We are really excited to be putting on our first Walk for Wards event in the beautiful surroundings of Cirencester Park and have been overwhelmed by the response of our staff as well as our patients and their families, many of which have a real connection with our hospitals.

“It is not too late to sign up though, to get more details, please contact our fundraising team.”

The Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust charity has got a new name and image. Now known as the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity, we continue to raise essential funds to make a real difference for our patients, their families, friends and the staff who treat them.

We have just been chosen by Cheltenham Sainsbury’s on Tewkesbury Road following a public vote to be their charity of the year and will be working with our staff and the store to develop a recipe book that will be on sale in time for Christmas.

To take part in the Walk for Wards, just contact fundraising@glos.nhs.uk  call the team on 0300 422 4716 or visit: bit.ly/1KAY6PI

You can also go on line and raise sponsorship through Virgin Money Giving: www.virginmoneygiving.com