Hikers take on challenge for hospital
TWO couples from Longwell Green are embarking on a tough challenge to raise funds for the hospital they work at, which helps people who are often in the last year of their life.
From left to right: Sophie Baugh, Charlotte Nicol, Paul Nicol and John Revelle are pictured training for the Three Peaks Challenge, which takes place in July
Charlotte Nicol and husband Paul and Sophie Baugh and partner John Revelle all work at Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre and want to raise as much money as possible to refurbish one of the wards there.
The foursome will be joined by six others, three members of staff from the same hospital and their partners, in taking part in the national Three Peaks Challenge in July.
The gruelling task involves climbing the three highest peaks of England, Scotland and Wales – Scarfell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon.
Calling themselves the Dream Team, they plan to raise as much money as possible for the charity Above & Beyond, the official charity for Bristol city centre hospitals, which will be spent on revamping D603, an oncology ward.
At the time of going to print, the team had already raised more than £3,000 of their £6,975 target through their online JustGiving page.
Charlotte, a matron, said: “We are so excited to be taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge as it is the perfect opportunity to do our bit to raise some money to improve the hospital environment for patients and staff.
“We are so passionate about the fantastic care the staff provide on D603 and feel it is so sad that the ward environment does not reflect this amazing care, as it has not been refurbished since the 1970s.
“Many patients are in the last year of their life and it will make such a difference to them and the staff who work there every day to have a bright, modern new ward.”
Amy Barnard-Smith, hospital partnerships manager at Above & Beyond, said: “Charlotte and the D603 Dream Team are working really hard and it shows in the amount they have raised so far. As staff, the D603 Appeal means a lot to the whole team. It’s important for both staff and patients to have a ward environment that matches the high standard of care delivered.”
To further boost funds, Charlotte is holding a charity craft fair at Longwell Green Community Centre.
Featuring cakes, eco and upcycled products, toys, cards, jewellery, clothing and handcrafted gifts, the event takes place on Saturday May 4 from 1-4pm. Entry is by donation.
If you can't make the craft fair but would like to support their mission, you can make a donation by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/d603dreamteam