09/02/2024 | Press releases

Lace up your walking boots and help support NHS staff

Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity is inviting people to walk side-by-side with amazing NHS staff and take part in its popular Hospital Hero Hike.

This year’s event will see participants start their challenge at Ipswich Hospital before enjoying a scenic 21-mile walk through picturesque countryside to reach Colchester Hospital. They will be supporting hardworking staff working at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT).

Money raised will go towards essential support and resources beyond those the NHS can provide. This includes mental health first aid training to ensure one-to-one help is available for staff in crisis and extra spaces for restful breaks, together with support for physical, emotional and financial wellbeing.

Stepping up to the challenge are Jodie Deller, Fran Twumasi, Melissa Ferreira and Toni Reed (pictured below, left to right), who all work full-time completing placements at NHS hospitals and community sites while also studying for their nursing apprenticeships.

Toni said: “I wanted to take part in the hike to give back to the NHS, especially because it benefits staff wellbeing. Providing extra break areas for staff is really important, especially as there are so many people working across our hospitals.”

It costs £20 to sign up for the hike, which includes snacks, a goodie bag, Hospital Hero t-shirt and a commemorative finisher’s medal.

Cait Pilkington, events fundraising manager for Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity, said: “We’re really excited about this year’s hike, which we hope will be even bigger and better and supported by our community.

“Sign up today to join hundreds of other walkers in showing gratitude for the NHS staff who dedicate their lives to our health and wellbeing. By taking part in the 2024 Hospital Hero Hike, you can give back and make a meaningful difference to our NHS staff.”

This year’s hike takes place on Saturday 4 May, starting at 10am. For more information or to register, visit Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity website.

To sponsor Toni’s team, visit their Just Giving page.

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