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Tough Mudder for Neptune ward

22 January 2014


Five brave paediatric nurses from Southend University Hospital are taking part in the hardcore Tough Mudder challenge – turning their discomfort into comfort for the parents of sick children.

Taking place on 26 April, the terribly tough 12 mile obstacle 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, 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 training together lots at the moment, we're up to running five miles in the woods but it can be tricky after a long shift, especially when it's cold and raining outside.

"We're planning to give ourselves a treat day when we reach the 10 mile mark."

Kayley Harvey, community fundraising manager said: "It's wonderful to see our nurses going the extra mile (or 12!) 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 their challenge."

To donate, please contact the Fundraising Team on 01702 385 337 or donate on-line via www.justgiving.com/Neptune-Group

For more information on the challenge, please visit http://toughmudder.co.uk/