Hospital Team Swaps Stethoscopes for Sweat Bands

19 August 2020

A HOSPITAL team is swapping stethoscopes for sweat bands in a bid to get fit and raise money for their department.

The staff at the Paediatric Emergency Department (PED) at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital have set themselves challenges themed around the number 72 to complete throughout August.

While some are running or cycling 72 miles or kilometres over the course of the month, others have set themselves daily challenges such as 72 squats or 72 sit ups.

The number 72 has been chosen in a nod to the NHS 72nd Birthday this summer and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity’s #72for72NHS campaign – which has seen fundraisers doing a 72-themed challenge or setting themselves a £72 fundraising target.

PED’s Modern Matron Sue Rothwell said: “Although the actual challenge you choose is a solo activity, it’s really brought us together as a team – everyone taking part encourages each other and we’re always sending updates and photos to the WhatsApp group we’ve set up for it.

“Of course we don’t do any of it on the ward or during work, so some people have been getting up really early to get their challenge in before their shift starts.

“It’s really pleasing that so many people have jumped at the chance to take part.”

While a lot of the challenges are exercise-based, some are aimed at becoming healthier both physically and mentally. One fundraiser has set herself the task of drinking 72 litres of water throughout the month while another team member is making 72 “little bags of happiness” to gift to people who might benefit from a mood boost.

Sue, whose challenge is to do a different 72-themed activity every day, said: “It’s really lovely seeing all the pictures everyone has taken of their challenges.

“Someone started a #SprogsandDogs hashtag on the WhatsApp chat so there are a LOT of cute pictures of children and pets wearing their Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity T-shirt…..even a snake got involved.

“We set up the fundraising page in the hope we’d raise £7,200 but we smashed through the halfway mark in the first week and we’re almost at our target now which is incredible. The support we’ve had from our own families and the families of our patients has been wonderful and we’re so please lots of supporters have got behind what we’re doing.”

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity is part of a team of hospital charities under the umbrella name of Manchester Foundation Trust Charity which this summer is celebrating the NHS 72nd birthday. The Charity, which fundraises for hospitals across Manchester and Trafford, is hoping supporters will take on the #72for72NHS challenge by fundraising around the theme of the number 72. Participants can either choose to raise £72 or do a 72-themed challenge.

The Charity has seen lots of people taking part in the #72for72NHS challenge, including running team Daddies Escape who choose a 10K theme for their challenges, eight-year-old fundraiser George who held a scavenger hunt around Glossop and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity patron and Hollyoaks star Ashley Taylor Dawson, who ran 50km with his friend Jay.

Next month, the baton will be passed to Ward 75 at the children’s hospital, who will be doing their own 72-themed challenge. Staff will be encouraged to take part in a variety of challenges, the details of which are still being finalised.

Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity fundraises throughout the year to support the treatment, research and care of young patients treated at the children’s hospital in Oxford Road, Manchester. The hospital sees more than 276,000 patients per year and takes in patients from across the North West and beyond.

Georgia Sleigh, one of the Charity’s Community Fundraising Officers, said: “The #72for72NHS campaign has really struck a cord with our fundraisers and is a great way for people to feel part of a big event while we’re still in a period of social distancing and sadly can’t hold the larger group activities we all love being part of.

“Team PED have done a fantastic job and seeing all their photographs has been lovely.

“There might be a few achy legs at the end of the month, but they’ll know it’s been worth it for a cause close to their hearts.”

To sponsor the team visit  their JustGiving Page.

To sign up to the #72for72NHS challenge and get inspiration for fundraising ideas visit the 72 Campaign Page