Worcester's NHS heroes will swap wards for roads for this year's City Run - The Worcester Observer
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11th Aug, 2022

Worcester's NHS heroes will swap wards for roads for this year's City Run

Rob George 1st May, 2022

A TEAM of nurses and palliative care staff from Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will lace up their trainers after they signed up for this year’s Worcester City Run.

The group will run in support of the event’s official charity partner, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity to raise money to help enhance the experience for patients at the end of their life.

And to celebrate signing up, athletics legend and event founder Steve Cram was on hand for some training tips before he joined them and other NHS colleagues and supporters for a run around a local park.

The 2022 Worcester City Runs will bring two days of events to the city on September 3 and September 4, with the return of the Worcester City Half Marathon, 10K and Young Athletes Run, along with Paula Radcliffe’s Families on Track for a second time. The event is being organised by Events of the North, in partnership with Worcester City Council, and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity is the new official charity partner for 2022.

Money raised from the team’s run will be used to purchase items to provide a little added support to people going through an incredibly difficult experience.

These include comfort packs for families staying overnight with their loved one, keepsakes for families to bring home with them, as well as mood lights and extra comfortable chairs for the families’ room at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Juliette Fleming is one of the nurses who will be running and sees first-hand how funds raised are used to help patients at the end of their life.

“Some of us haven’t run before but we are training hard as we’re all passionate about end-of-life care and promise every penny will be put to good use to benefit patients and their loved ones,” she said.

Mr Cram revealed his ‘huge admiration’ for the work of palliative and end-of-life care teams and said: “It’s been great to meet the group and some of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity team who will be raising money for such an important cause in September.”

Sophie Burt, head of fund-raising and community development for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, adds: “The charity is here to provide those added extras that support our hospitals. Funds raised are spent on projects that make the experience less difficult, the environment more comfortable or the working day easier.

“All of our runners and donors will be making a huge difference to both the Worcestershire community and our wonderful staff and we would like to thank them so much for their support.”

Anyone who would like to join the team of runners supporting Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity at this year’s Worcester City Runs should send an e-mail to info@wahcharity.org.

Entries for the 2022 Worcester City Runs are open now at www.worcestercityrun.com.

Visit www.wahcharity.org or find the charity on Facebook – @WorcsAcuteCharity for more information about Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity.

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