Marvellous midwife Sarah
Neal completed a 100k walk to keep the memory of Sir Captain Tom Moore alive
and to raise funds for the Rotherham
Hospital and Community Charity.
In April 2020, Captain Tom began
walking around his garden to thank our NHS heroes. An incredible 100 laps
later, he’d raised £38.9 million for the NHS Charities Together urgent Covid-19
appeal. To mark what would have been his 101st birthday earlier this
year, the Captain Tom Foundation
challenged fundraisers to take on their own ‘100 challenge.’
Sarah stepped up and completed 100 laps
of Rotherham Hospital – the equivalent of more than 100k. She completed her
final lap and was greeted by her proud supporters as she reached
the hospital’s Snowdrop memorial garden.
Sarah, who raised £594, said: “When I
saw Captain Tom’s family on TV encouraging people to celebrate what would have
been his 101st birthday by doing a ‘100 challenge’ I thought completing 100 laps
around Rotherham Hospital would be a great way to get out in the fresh air, to
get active and to keep his legacy alive.
“It was much tougher than I expected,
especially fitting laps in after my busy 12-hour night shifts and coping with
the temperamental British weather. Thank goodness Captain Tom celebrated his
birthday in April rather than November!
“It made me appreciate the hospital’s
lovely green site. I spotted so many beautiful trees, flowers and wildlife
during my walks – as well as my lovely colleagues. It was a great way to start
and end my working day.
“It was emotional to see my family and
colleagues cheering me on as I completed my final lap. I’m really proud to have
raised so much for my local NHS charity.”
Thanks to Sir Tom’s incredible fundraising, the charity
received £166,500 from the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 emergency appeal.
The charity utilised the funds to provide a variety of
projects and resources for staff and patients including a wellbeing garden and
woodland walk at Rotherham Hospital and goody bags to say ‘thank you’ to Trust
colleagues for their hard work and dedication during the pandemic.
The funds raised by Sarah will be used to purchase Spring
bulbs and plants for the new charity-funded Snowdrop memorial garden at
Rotherham Hospital. The garden, funded by baby loss charity 4 Louis, provides a
tranquil and beautiful space for staff, patients and visitors to remember their
Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and
Development Manager, said: “We are incredibly proud of Sarah for taking on such
a tough Captain Tom 100 challenge. Completing 100 laps of our hospital site is
no mean feat, especially fitting in walking 1k or more after a busy shift on
the Wharncliffe ward caring for mothers and their new-borns.
“Fundraising during the Coronavirus
pandemic has been tricky but Sarah has shown that anything is possible. I’m
sure she has inspired others to support their local NHS charity in future too.”
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