Soldiers on the march for King’s Lynn hospital

Queen's Dragoons on a fundraising walk for children's ward. ANL-160320-204204009

Queen's Dragoons on a fundraising walk for children's ward. ANL-160320-204204009

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Soldiers have teamed up with staff from Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital to help raise thousands of pounds for a children’s centre at the Gayton Road site.

Members of the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards spent more than 13 hours walking from their barracks in Swanton Morley to the hospital with QEH workers, carrying a stretcher of Easter eggs, in aid of the Roxburgh children’s centre.

And, with more than £3,000 already raised for the cause, money is still coming in.

Setting off at 4am last Saturday morning, the team, made up of Dragoons, paediatric staff and senior hospital managers, walked a total of 40 miles to the QEH, raising a total of £3,250 in the process.

The group followed the Nar Valley Way from the Robertson Barracks in Swanton Morley, reaching the hospital at 5.20pm.

Participants carried a stretcher full of Easter eggs, which were delivered to The trust by the Easter bunny when they arrived at the hospital.

The Roxburgh children’s centre provides medical treatment for children aged 16 and under.

The centre was set up by a father of a former Queen’s Dragoon Guard member in 2008,

Money raised through the walk will go towards purchasing new diagnostic equipment and redecorating the children’s centre in a bid to provide a more calm and relaxing environment for patients visiting the centre.

Teresa Cole, the hospital’s lead nurse and matron for paediatrics, said: “The walk certainly was a challenge but we’re all immensely proud we completed it, with the support of everyone else who took part”.

Sergeant Stephen Owen, a nurse attached to the Queen’s Dragoon Guards, added: “Many of us found the challenge quite tough.

“We don’t usually walk 40 milks carrying a stretcher of Easter Eggs.

“To hear how much money we’ve raised is fantastic and the donations continue to come in, which is brilliant.”

He added: “Thank you to everyone that cheered us on along the way and the fantastic reception we had when we arrived. We know the money is going to be put to good use.”