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Don your onesie and help raise vital charity cash

Traffic will be brought to a standstill in Norwich city centre later this month when a daring group of fundraisers take to the streets wearing colourful onesies to complete a fun-packed charity challenge.

Around 40 staff from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) will walk seven miles from their base at the Norvic Clinic in Thorpe St Andrew to the Forum in the city centre while dressed as a variety of animals, superheroes and even a bunch of bananas.

The group are completing the "onesie walk" to raise money for the Jenny Lind Children's Hospital, which is run by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH). It comes after Norvic staff Adam Simmons and Stretch Heskett had personal experience of the care provided by the hospital, and wanted to find a unique way of saying thank you.

It is the third consecutive year the walk has taken place. The group has so far raised more than £3,500 for the hospital, and is hoping this year's event – which takes place on Saturday, 30 May – will be a record-breaker.

"The onesie walk is always great fun and often causes a stir in Norwich, attracting lots of toots from passing motorists and prompting people to come and ask what we're up to," said Phil Joss, support worker at the clinic. "One year, we even stopped the traffic when a group of zebras were wandering across a zebra crossing!

"It also brings together lots of different people from our team, including doctors, nurses, support workers, psychiatrists and psychologists. Everyone really gets into the swing to dress as everything from gorillas to leopards and stags.

"Last year we raised more than £2,000 for the Jenny Lind, which was fantastic. We're hoping to top that figure this time around so that we can say a big thank you for the amazing care it gives to children and the lives it saves on a daily basis.

"Everyone is welcome to join in the walk and can take part in the whole distance of just join in for part of the way. The more the merrier – the only criteria is that you must be wearing a onesie!"

The Norvic Clinic is home to the secure services team, and provides comprehensive care and inpatient services for people with severe mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The team also provides rehabilitation, and will help service users with issues such as monitoring medication, identifying suitable accommodation and accessing personal budgets, as they work towards transferring into the care of an adult recovery team.

"It was lovely to hear how the work of our children's staff is so highly thought of in the community," said Louise Cook, fundraising manager with NNUH. "We are just so pleased that such a wonderful group of individuals have pledged to give up their time to raise so much money for us and it would be so exciting if this event grew and grew."

The walk begins at 10.30am on Saturday, 30 May. Everyone is welcome to join in, and can complete the whole walk or sections of it. It costs £10 to enter, all of which goes to the Jenny Lind.

Anyone who would like to take part should contact Lynn Wilkinson, ward administrator on Acle Ward, on 01603 421017. To sponsor the team, visit