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Mental health staff don their onesies for childrens department

​Staff from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) took part in an annual onesie walk, raising money for the Jenny Lind children’s department at the NNUH on Saturday (3 June).

Traffic was brought to a standstill in Norwich city centre as a quirky group of fundraisers took to the streets wearing colourful onesies to complete the wacky charity challenge.

Around 30 staff from NSFT walked seven miles from the Norvic Clinic in Thorpe St Andrew into the city centre while dressed as a variety of animals, superheroes and even a bunch of bananas.

The group completed the ‘onesie walk’ to raise money for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital,   part of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH). It comes after Norvic staff Lucia Hanning and Stretch Heskett had personal experience of the care provided by the hospital, and wanted to find a unique way of saying thank you.

This is the fifth consecutive year the walk has taken place. Over the last four years, the group have raised over £7,500 for the hospital charity, and this year’s event will bump up that total to over £10,000, as donations continue to roll in.

So far, their fundraising has contributed to a new playground for children on the ward to use with their friends and families and also those who are visiting the hospital. 

“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, Counsellor with the Norfolk and Waveney Wellbeing  Service. “One year, we even stopped the traffic when a group of zebras were wandering across a zebra crossing!

“The event 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.

“This year we have raised more than £2,600 for the Jenny Lind, to say a big thank you for the great care they provide for children and the lives it saves on a daily basis.

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, NNUH Fundraising Manager. “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.”

You can still sponsor the team via:

Text ONSI66 and the amount you would like to donate to 70070.

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