Walking, jogging, running and cycling event helps hospital units
A MAJOR annual fundraising event has raised £9,400 for Kettering General Hospital (KGH).
A cheque for the sum was presented to the hospital earlier this month by staff from John Newman Hairdressing and Beauty, led by Shirley Newman.
The fundraising event was the third annual KGH charity ‘Walk It! Jog It! Run It! Cycle It!’ event, held at Pitsford Reservoir/Brixworth Country Park in June.
More than 200 people took part – with a further 25 volunteers and spectators supporting – with an option to walk, jog or cycle the seven-mile route.
Shirley Newman said: “We managed to beat last year’s total by more than £1,100, even though the weather on the day was very wet and windy.
“These funds make such a difference to our local hospital and I know our donation is very much appreciated by staff, patients and their families.
“Thank you to all the KGH staff who supported the event, to the hospital’s fundraising department and to all of the local companies that helped sponsor the event with raffle prizes, drinks, fruit and water, tents, tables, chairs, equipment, coffee, face-painters, printers and insurance, medals and photographers.
“I want to thank everyone for getting so involved on the day for their amazing fundraising efforts.”
Kettering General Hospital’s charity officer Christina Kelly said: “Once again this has been an incredibly successful event that has raised thousands of pounds for the hospital benefitting patient care in many different ways.
“We would like to say a special thank you to Shirley and John Newman, to all their customers and to everyone that either took part in the event or made a donation.”
Various KGH causes have benefitted from the event, with individuals and teams taking part deciding how much went to each area:
- Stroke Unit: £1,916.42
- Endoscopy Unit: £1,124.14
- Ophthalmology Unit: £1,382.58
- Breast Unit: £906.12
- Cardiology Unit: £2,084.02
- Dermatology Unit: 1,108.15
- Recreation Hall: £879.35
Above – SEVEN MILES TO A RECORD-BREAKER: Thanks to all those who took part, the event broke its previous year’s record by more than £1,100. The total amount was presented to Kettering hospital staff by the team from John Newman Hair and Beauty.