Healthcare staff across Essex have come together to raise more than £4300 for Cancer Research UK by walking a night-time marathon.
Every year, Cancer Research UK organises a “Shine Night Walk” event. This is a marathon-length sponsored walk that takes place through the night each autumn.
Staff from NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) started up a team as part of a staff challenge to be more active, mindful and give a little back to the community. The CCG is fully behind its staff members’ participation in the walk.
The Shine Night Walk team grew as a movement across the organisation. As more and more staff signed up for the 26.2-mile event, the team decided to call itself “NHS Livewell”.
The word was spread far and wide by different members of the group, meaning that partners and providers also decided to join. The NHS Livewell team has now grown to 28 walkers.
The team have been on several practice walks of 12, 16 and 20 miles which they said were, “tough at times, but valuable learning experiences”.
Caroline Rassell, Accountable Officer for Mid Essex CCG said:
“We are all really excited to take part in such an important event for Cancer Research UK. This event and the preparation for it has not only been beneficial for the charity but also for our wellbeing as it has pushed us to take part in more walks and exercise than ever!
“The NHS Livewell team have done an amazing job by raising such a huge amount of money for the cause. Wish us luck on the night!”
James Sharp, the CCG’s Digital Media and Marketing Manager, said:
“I went outside my comfort zone when signing up for this marathon walk, and I’m glad I did. Not only have I upped my overall exercise but I have bonded with teammates I wouldn’t normally get the chance to spend time with. I am very much looking forward to the big night.”
To sponsor the team, visit their donation webpage at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/team/nhs-livewell/members