25th May 2017

Nurses in superhero challenge

A team of plucky nurses are set to take on a challenge with a difference.

Seven nurses from the In-patient Unit – as well as the IPU Co-ordinator – at St Richard’s Hospice will be donning their supersonic costumes for the hospice’s Superhero Challenge next month.

Aiming to raise more than £500 for the hospice, team members are made up of Valda Sikorski, Becky Harding, Sheila Keeble Searle, Donna Powell, Jo White, Katie Chambers, Helen Fletcher and Shelly Lewis; in total they have clocked up an impressive 60 years of nursing care at the hospice.

The Saturday 17 June challenge is a 5km walk or run with a definite difference and will include a giant inflatable obstacle course, a foam bath, bouncy tunnels, giant hammers, UV bubble pods and a grand finale in the form of the Big Bertha Drop Slide!

Team leader Mrs Sikorski is no stranger to challenging events; she previously ran the London Marathon, raising more than £3500.  Mrs Fletcher finished in the top 50 during the latest Cheltenham 10k.

Mrs Becky Harding will be joined on the day by her children, Bethany aged 14 years and Mia aged 10 years.

As a team, the nurses have taken part in other challenges including the Midnight Walk and the Rainbow Run in 2015.

Valda Sirkorski, Healthcare Assistant at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We really are passionate about our jobs at the hospice and know, from first-hand experience, just how valuable hospice care is to the local community.  We depend largely on charitable donations and where better for charity to begin but at home!  We look forward to a super superhero day!”

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We are thrilled that a team of our dedicated nurses have decided to take the plunge and join the 600 people who have already signed up for the day!  Our nurses here at St Richard’s provide first class care to our patients.  Good luck to them all!”

To donate to the Superhero Nurses team, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/IPU-NURSES.

Taking place at the University of Worcester Lakeside Campus in Holt, Worcester, organisers are encouraging those who are taking part to bring along a photo of their real life ‘hero’ to share on the Superhero Gallery, which will be in a prime location for all to enjoy during the day.

Places are limited to around 50 per time slot – which are every 15 minutes between 10.00am and 3.30pm – with a minimum height restriction of 123cm; anyone 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Those with medical conditions or skin allergies are advised not to take part in the event.

The event is kindly being sponsored by A44 Tyre Shop.

Participants are asked to pledge to raise sponsorship of £50 or more to help St Richard’s continue to offer free care to patients and their loved ones.

To register and for further information go to www.strichards.org.uk/superherochallenge. For further information please call 01905 763 963.