‘A labour of love’ – Epsom maternity staff take on fundraising challenge
A team of midwives and maternity support workers from Epsom Hospital completed the ‘Nuts Challenge’ military assault course on Sunday 2 September in order to raise funds for the hospital’s Maternity Unit.
In signing up for the course, the team subjected themselves to the mercy of obstacles such as ‘Kamikaze’, ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Hamburger Hill’. The grueling 7km course looked like a proper military boot camp, involving challenges such as: scaling walls, running through tyres, swimming through rivers of mud, crawling through bunkers, climbing trees and much more.
Suzanne Kneller, Ward Manager for Simon Stuart Ward at Epsom, said: “As members of staff all working at Epsom, we wanted to do something to fundraise for our unit that would be both challenging and team building. 10 brave members of our team joined up as the ‘Labour of Love’ team to undertake the ‘Nuts Challenge’ – a 7 kilometre military assault course. We were all at varying levels of fitness, but we feel passionately about delivering high quality care to our patients and we wanted to do something that would help make our unit even better - and we're not afraid of getting our hands dirty to do it!”
“We managed to complete the course in 3 hrs and 45 mins. We are broken, very sore and bruised, but team work and determination got us through it; I am so proud of us all! I would like to thank everyone who kindly donated to our page. All funds raised will be going towards Epsom’s maternity unit - we are particularly keen to put the money towards improving the Simon Stewart Ward environment. We are still yet to reach our target, so any donations received would be greatly appreciated!
You can donate to the team on their gofundme page here: https://www.gofundme.com/epsom-hospital-maternity-fundraiser. You can also find out more about the Nuts Challenge here: https://nutschallenge.co.uk/.