A team of Portuguese nurses has joined forces to organise a charity walk to fund new equipment for dementia care at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
And people are being encouraged to sign up for the eight-mile solidarity walk, which has been organised by Andre Afonso, Adriana Cunha and Jose Dias which will take place on Sunday, August 24.
Adriana, a staff nurse on Terrington ward, said: “With the increasing needs required by patients affected by dementia, we thought it would be appropriate to support them and at the same time give our care teams extra resources.”
Andre, a staff nurse in the main theatres, added: “After four years working in this hospital and living in this welcoming community, I wanted to organise something to get friends and colleagues together in a healthy and fun way, that also helps the ones that need it the most.”
And Jose, a charge nurse in Stanhoe ward, said: “It would be great if, with the charity walk, we could further support what the hospital already does for them, their families and carers.”
The walk is due to start at 10am at the hospital’s bus stop car park, then continue to the Castle Rising church car park, as a midway stop, before finishing at the Sandringham Estate Visitor Centre.
The event will have a relaxed tempo and is described as “an opportunity to enjoy fresh air and take some exercise in the company of family, friends and colleagues”.
Supporters can sign up to take part by phoning 07919 680791, 07460 272732 or 07543 960079 or collecting forms from the Stanhoe and Terrington wards.
Registration is £15 for adults and £10 for children, with a group registration of five adults for the price of four also available. The fee includes a first aid-trained volunteer marshal to lead each group, a packed lunch, water, high visibility clothing and discounted entry to the Sandringham estate.
Alternatively, supporters can make donations online at www.justgiving.com/qehkl-solidaritywalk.