A group of health care professionals have set themselves a tough challenge to help improve the experience of patients at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The team from the acute medical admissions until will be taking part in the Hell Up North half marathon at Delamere Forest on Saturday, all dressed as the red-striped character Where’s Wally?
The 21-strong team, which includes nurses, clerks and health care assistants, aim to raise enough money to refurbish an area to provide drop down beds for families of patients to use during the day and overnight.
Ward manager Rachel Upson-White said: “We see and treat almost every condition you could think of!
“As well as short term admissions who are discharged following treatment or the very poorly patients we look after for a few days, there are also sad occasions when people don’t go home or the results of their tests and scans do not give the news they would hope for.
“We want to support these patients and their families at these devastating times, not just behind closed curtains in a bay but in a comfortable quiet area where they can have the privacy to sit, think and gather their thoughts or just have a bit of ‘time out’.
The Hellrunner is the first of what will probably be several different fundraising activities planned to help the team reach their target of £10,000.
Rachel added: “We have already raised £1,110 online through our Just Giving page for the Hellrunner event and are extremely grateful to friends, family and patients who have donated to support our efforts.”
The team can expect mud, water and several other obstacles in what has been described as the UK’s ‘toughest half marathon’.
Head of fundraising Janet Ratcliffe said: “I was extremely impressed when I heard what the team were putting themselves though in an effort to enhance the facilities for the patients on the acute medical unit and their families.
“To me this demonstrates the extent of the professionalism and commitment of our staff.”
To help the team reach their fundraising target, visit www.justgiving.com/wherearethewallies.”