Hospital staff scale new heights to improve ward

PHOTO ATTACHED Staff from Ward Seven on top of Snowdon

Fundraising staff from County Hospital in Stafford have climbed the highest mountain in Wales to improve the patient experience on the ward they work on.

A team of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals from ward seven climbed Mount Snowdon to raise funds for UHNM Charity to redecorate a patient waiting room.

The team have raised more than £1,000 to date and want to use the money to turn a side room into a relaxation area for patients and their families away from the clinical ward setting.

Ward Manager Paul Combes said: “We're a newly opened ward at the hospital and wanted to do something to improve the patient experience on it. The aim is to transform the nearby Cookson Room into a relaxing and inviting environment where patients and their relatives can escape from the clinical setting. It will also boost patient's independence, mobility, and therefore recovery.” 

“But in order to achieve it we needed to raise funds to go towards furniture and decorating materials, and this sponsored climb was an exciting and challenging way to do it. I’m incredibly proud of the team for their efforts during a seven-hour climb on one of the hottest days of the year so far.”

Prior to the trek, the team raised £200 towards their total by holding a fundraising cake sale on the ward, which looks after general medicine patients.

Mount Snowdon is the highest peak in England and Wales at 1,085m above sea level and is located in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, North Wales.

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Charity team.