How far would you go to raise money for a good cause? Five miles? 10? 100 maybe?
How about from here to Singapore?
That’s how far Labour Ward staff at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow are planning to go this month in a mammoth money-raising walking challenge.
A total of 65 staff have pledged to walk 100 miles each throughout April, to support the Quarriers maternal mental wellbeing service.
The 6500-mile adventure was the brainchild of Charge Midwife Jen Johansson, who wanted to do something to help people who might be struggling in these difficult times.
“When I put the idea out to the staff I got really positive feedback, with 65 in total signing up to help,” said Jen. “We did some research and found that our challenge would be the equivalent of walking from here to Singapore!”
The team’s initial target was to raise £2000 to help provide counselling for women who are experiencing poor mental health during pregnancy and up to two years postnatally. But already they’ve beaten that figure, with the total standing at well over £4000.
And it’s not only Quarriers that is benefiting. The group has found that the challenge has had a positive impact on staff wellbeing too.
“The team set up a WhatsApp group where people could post pictures and update everyone on their progress,” said Vicki Mazzoni, Lead Midwife for North Glasgow.
“It’s turned out to be amazing – we’ve been able to keep everyone motivated and supported, and it’s had a really positive impact on staff wellbeing. And now people can meet up outside, it’s going to be even better.”
And the final word went to Jen: “Mental health is such a big issue right now, and for new mums getting the right support when they need it most is really essential. If you can spare a few pounds, we’d be really grateful if you could support our efforts by going to our Just Giving page. Thank you.”
If you would like to support the Labour Ward’s walking challenge, go to their Just Giving page at justgiving.com/fundraising/jennifer-johansson.