A group of nurses from the High Dependency Unit (HDU) at the city’s Victoria Infirmary are ready to take on teams from across Glasgow at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice’s annual ‘It’s a Knockout’ fundraising event.
The nursing team is ready to take on the challenging assault course, dressed in giant costumes and be covered in foam in order to raise funds for the Glasgow Hospice.
Staff nurse Jodanna Wong from HDU at the Victoria signed up a team of colleagues to join her for the competition.
Jodanna said: “I heard about the Hospice’s challenge through a friend who was telling what a great time she had at a similar event. It looked like great fun so I thought we should get a team together from the Victoria Infirmary. It’ll be our first fundraising event as a team so we’re all very excited about it.
“A few of us have known someone who has used the Hospice’s services and we’re keen to support its fantastic work. My gran’s friend spent some time at the Hospice and it made such a difference to her quality of life so we’re glad we can do something to support it.”
The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice works closely with the Victoria Infirmary on a day to day basis with some medical staff moving between both locations.
Palliative care consultant at both the Victoria and the hospice Dr Alistair McKeown said: “I am delighted that nurses from the Victoria’s HDU have decided to take part in this year’s ‘It’s a Knockout’ and raise much needed funds for the hospice.
“Working across both sites I see the excellent care that each service provides in two very different working settings. The ward staff at the Victoria Infirmary has a high awareness of palliative care and are quick to refer to the Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team when patients or families are struggling with the physical, social, psychological and spiritual issues of cancer or other life limiting conditions.”
The event on 25 August will see more than 100 members of the public clamber trough an inflatable assault course at Glasgow Green. Teams of 10 kind hearted fund-raisers will be tackling a range of fun filled activities.
Companies from across the city are joining in and everyone is being encouraged to sign up. Lots of fun and games are guaranteed with prizes presented to the top performing team as well as a special prize for the team that raises the most for the Hospice.
Teams taking part must consist of 10 participants, with a minimum sponsorship of £1000 per team. Schools, colleges and youth groups should raise a minimum of £500.
To register your team contact Maisie Hamilton tel: 0141 429 9864 or email: [email protected] For further information on the event, visit: www.ppwh.org.uk/knockout2012
You can sponsor the Victoria Infirmary HDU team at: www.justgiving.com/victoria-HDU
For more information contact the press office, tel: 0141 201 4429 or email: [email protected]
Alternatively contact The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice press office, tel: 0141 429 9839.