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Mental health staff don onesies to raise funds for childrens hospital

More than 40 staff from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) are expected to don their onesies to walk five miles from their base at the Norvic Clinic in Thorpe St Andrew to the Garden House in Norwich to raise funds for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, which is run by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH).

This will be the fourth consecutive year that Trust staff will be putting their best feet forward to the walk has taken place. The group has so far raised more than £5,000 for the hospital, and is hoping this year’s event – which takes place on Saturday, 28 May – will be even more successful.

“Our onesie walks are always great fun and often turn heads and have passing motorists tooting us encouragement,” said one of the organisers, Lynn Wilkinson, Reception Supervisor, at the Norvic Clinic.

“The walks bring are great opportunities to bring together lots of different people from our team, including doctors, nurses, support workers, psychiatrists and psychologists. Everyone really loves having the chance to dress as all types of creatures.

“Last year, we raised more than £1,500 for the Jenny Lind, which was absolutely amazing! We’re hoping to top that figure this year 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.” 

“Anyone is welcome to take part in the walk and can choose to walk the whole distance of just join in for part of the way - the only criteria is that you must be wearing a onesie – the quirkier the better!”

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.

Louise Cook, Fundraising Manager said, “It is lovely to hear how the work of our Children’s staff is so highly thought of in the community. 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. This is a very local hospital charity which affects local families and children.”

The walk starts at 2pm on Saturday, 28 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 in the onesie walk should contact Lynn Wilkinson, Reception Supervisor, on 01603 421010.  If you would like to make a donation, please visit