Southend nurses' fitness challenge: Group taking on 12-mile obstacle course for hospital's children's ward

Neptune Ward nurses Claire Scott, Rebecca Simmonds, Joanne Baylis and Colin Early

Neptune Ward nurses Claire Scott, Rebecca Simmonds, Joanne Baylis and Colin Early

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PAEDIATRIC nurses from Southend Hospital are taking on a tough 12-mile obstacle course to help parents of sick children.

The group is limbering up for the Tough Mudder Challenge on April 26.

The course, designed by the British Special Forces, includes ice pools, rope climbs, smoke tunnels and electric shock therapy.

The nurses are putting themselves through possibly the hardest ever assault course to raise funds to buy collapsible beds for parents of children on Neptune ward.

With space at a premium on the high-dependency unit, these beds fold down from chairs and will allow parents to stay with their sick children 24-7 without compromising the day-to-day operations of the ward.

Rebecca Simmonds, a sister on Neptune ward, who suggested the challenge to her colleagues, said: “This is much-needed equipment that will improve care and make the parents feel more comfortable.

“We’re doing a lot of training, running up to five miles in the woods. It can be tricky after a long shift, especially when it’s cold and raining.

“We’re planning to give ourselves a treat when we reach the ten-mile mark.”

Kayley Harvey, community fundraising manager added: “It’s wonderful to see our nurses going the extra mile to make the stay on Neptune Ward a little more comfortable for the parents.

“Our staff are a true inspiration and we wish them the best of luck with the very tough challenge ahead.”

To make a donation, contact the fundraising team on 01702 385 337 or donate on-line via www.justgiving.com/Neptune-Group.

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10:09am Mon 27 Jan 14

southendPole says...

Good luck and all the best.
Good luck and all the best. southendPole
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10:15am Mon 27 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

12 miles ? is that all ! make it 112 and you'd get some attention, otherwise 6 times up and down the pier is a little lame.
12 miles ? is that all ! make it 112 and you'd get some attention, otherwise 6 times up and down the pier is a little lame. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
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10:54am Mon 27 Jan 14

norfolkbroad says...

It is a scandal that our over worked NHS staff have to do this in order to raise money for vital equipment. The NHS is a shadow of what it was even two years ago and is being squeezed until there is nothing left of it. However nothing will change until we get rid of this government and vote in MPs who will save the NHS. My best wishes to the incredible staff who as ever, are going beyond the call of duty for their patients.
It is a scandal that our over worked NHS staff have to do this in order to raise money for vital equipment. The NHS is a shadow of what it was even two years ago and is being squeezed until there is nothing left of it. However nothing will change until we get rid of this government and vote in MPs who will save the NHS. My best wishes to the incredible staff who as ever, are going beyond the call of duty for their patients. norfolkbroad
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11:03am Mon 27 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

norfolkbroad wrote:
It is a scandal that our over worked NHS staff have to do this in order to raise money for vital equipment. The NHS is a shadow of what it was even two years ago and is being squeezed until there is nothing left of it. However nothing will change until we get rid of this government and vote in MPs who will save the NHS. My best wishes to the incredible staff who as ever, are going beyond the call of duty for their patients.
There's always the choice of where and whom you work for.
[quote][p][bold]norfolkbroad[/bold] wrote: It is a scandal that our over worked NHS staff have to do this in order to raise money for vital equipment. The NHS is a shadow of what it was even two years ago and is being squeezed until there is nothing left of it. However nothing will change until we get rid of this government and vote in MPs who will save the NHS. My best wishes to the incredible staff who as ever, are going beyond the call of duty for their patients.[/p][/quote]There's always the choice of where and whom you work for. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
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1:03pm Mon 27 Jan 14

MilesBond says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
12 miles ? is that all ! make it 112 and you'd get some attention, otherwise 6 times up and down the pier is a little lame.
It's an assault course you numpty; not a straight run lol
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: 12 miles ? is that all ! make it 112 and you'd get some attention, otherwise 6 times up and down the pier is a little lame.[/p][/quote]It's an assault course you numpty; not a straight run lol MilesBond
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