Six teams are each going to walk a 30-mile section of the route, covering a total of 184 miles from the source of the Thames to the Thames Barrier. Each team has pledged to raise at least £1,000 in sponsorship for the Appeal.
In all, 34 members of staff from across the hospital, including consultants, nurses, emergency department staff, and physiotherapists are in training, along with friends and family, in the build up to the event to make sure they are fit and ready for the challenge. A total of 48 walkers will be taking part, with a further 12 people providing support along the way.
Stroke unit coordinator Tina Sargeant is one of the event organisers. She said: “This is the latest of several fundraising challenges that we have taken on for the stroke unit over the years, and it’s a big one!
“I am so proud of the commitment and effort everyone taking part is putting in. We are taking it very seriously with our training and support vehicles will be assigned to each section of the walk. And of course we will be encouraging each other along the route.
“What would be brilliant is if we could get some more corporate sponsorship to cover things like water, T-shirts, the support vehicles and medals at the end. That way more of the money we raise can go direct to the Appeal.”
The team would like to thank the current sponsors of two of the walkers’ support vehicles, London-based company Ascert, and individual sponsors Mr Peter Travers and Mr Graham Mellstrom.
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