A mountain of a challenge for UHNM Charity

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A man has climbed Mount Snowdon five times in one day in honour of his brother. Paul O’Day performed the feat in Wales on Saturday 11 August 2018 for his brother Tom, who had an accident five years ago that resulted in serious injuries.

Paul said: “Each summit began very well, my brother did the first summit with me setting off at midnight, which considering five years ago he was lying in a hospital bed is amazing. The other summits became wetter and windier and the views disappeared but all worthwhile to raise money for a worthwhile cause.

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Consultant Paediatrician taking on half marathon

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Consultant Paediatrician Dr Sheng-Ang Ho is taking on the Macclesfield half marathon on Sunday 23 September 2018 to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Team with UHNM Charity.

Dr Ho said: “Following three anterior cruciate ligament knee re-constructions I am just really pleased that I am able to run. This is the first Half Marathon I have entered, I only took up running 15 months ago having not really done any running before my accident, so any support you can give is really appreciated.”

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Bowel Screening Nurse Tandem Skydive for charity

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Lead Specialist Screening Nurse Practitioner and Bowel Scope Endoscopist Carol Beeston will be taking part in a Tandem Skydive for UHNM Charity and to raise awareness of Bowel Cancer. 

Carol said: "This has been a dream and a challenge of mine to do, it has been on my bucket list of wild and wacky things to complete before I hit the grand age of 50! I have already completed a hot air balloon ride, helicopter ride and I managed to do my first ever 10k run earlier this year in support of the Stroke Group. I do still have a few years left to think of new challenges to set myself before I do reach the magic 50 and many of my friends and work colleagues definitely agree that I must be crazy to want to do this, but it is something I have wanted to complete for many years.

"This is fully funded by myself and as such I wish to use it for a cause on which I am passionate about and I hope it will help to provide support in raising the awareness of bowel cancer as well as the importance of knowing about the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer. These include a change in your bowel habit lasting for three weeks or longer, blood in your poo, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss and how important it is to understand that early presentation and diagnosis can save your life.

Bowel Cancer is the 4th biggest cancer in the UK but the 2nd biggest cause of cancer deaths and every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer within the UK.  Carol has worked within the UHNM Bowel Cancer Screening Programme since 2008. She hopes that this will raise awareness on how important it is to be aware of your own bowel habit and to seek medical advice with any concerns or worries. 100% of the funds raised will go towards helping spread this important message across the region and raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of bowel cancer.

Help Carol reach her target by donating here https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CarolBeeston

Read Helen's story

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Mum-of-two Ms Helen McCreary was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2016. Helen needed two surgeries at Royal Stoke University Hospital, followed by radiotherapy, and chemotherapy but still found the strength to run the Manchester Half Marathon.

Helen embarked on this tremendous personal challenge along with her friends, Deb, Helen, Teresa and her sister Janice. Together they ran the 13.2 mile course in May 2018. Helen completed the course in 2 hours and 25 minutes.

Helen said: “It was one of the hardest things I have has ever done physically. I trained for four months through the winter, running in snow and ice to prepare for the Half Marathon, but on the day of the event it was really hot and I didn’t think I could finish, but with the support from my friends I made it all the way to the finish line. It was a tough race and between us we lost four toenails due to the training and intensive running on the day.”

The five of them raised an amazing £2488.57 for UHNM Charity to support the Maternity Department, Radiotherapy, Oncology, and ward 228 at Royal Stoke University Hospital to enhance patient care and experience.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Katharine James said: “Helen is an inspirational lady, and it’s people like her that make the job worthwhile. Seeing patients do so well and thriving is priceless, and now, through Helen’s story she can inspire other patients to have a positive attitude, as it makes such a difference.”

Helen would like to thank all of her supporters from Maternity, radiotherapy, Oncology and Ward 228, her friends and her family for all their care and support during diagnosis and treatment. She wanted to show that no matter what, life goes on, and how a positive mental attitude can help wellbeing.

UHNM Receptionist takes on Water Wipeout for Charity

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33 year-old Orthodontic, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Receptionist Leigh Taylor is taking part in the X Runner Water Wipe Out obstacle course in Nottingham on Saturday 7 July. Leigh from Hednesford has worked at UHNMs County Hospital for five years and is raising money for UHNM Charity’s County Hospital Fundraising Appeal which aim is to raise enough money to renovate the Chemotherapy Units garden for patients and visitors to the unit.

Leigh said: “I have had the pleasure of working alongside the fantastic staff at the chemotherapy unit for a while and during this time they have been lucky enough to have moved from their small cramped unit to a brand new unit, which is much bigger and more private for the patients receiving treatment. When I heard they are trying to raise money for a garden to go alongside their unit I just had to help as I know how much this would benefit the patients experience at our hospital.

“I’m not a fitness person at all so I decided to do a 5K but not just any 5K, this one has obstacles, lots of mud, a 50m swim and a 100m swim in white water, this will really challenge me to the core but it is nothing compared to what gruelling treatment the patients are going through.”

If you would like to support Leigh, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=LeighTaylor5&pageUrl=1