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Staff lace up their trainers to run #10kForNurses

​Staff working across Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) are preparing to lace up their trainers and run 10k for charity to help nursing colleagues from across the UK who are suffering personal or financial hardships.

Cat Knight, Kristy Pinto, Caroline Britton and Kathryn Sams, who all work for the Older People's Service based at Chatterton House in King's Lynn, will take to local parks this month to complete their 6.2-mile challenge.

In addition, Martha Russell, Clinical Team Leader, and Gordon Samson, Trainee Assistant Practitioner, who both work for Children, Families and Young People's Services at 80 St Stephen's Road in Norwich, will join forces to complete a 10k on 30 October.

Finally, Central Inpatient Modern Matron Charlie Loades, who is based at Harnser House, Hellesdon Hospital, will complete the challenge around her home over a weekend.

They are all raising funds for the Cavell Nurses' Trust as part of its #10kForNurses campaign, which encourages people to run, walk or complete 10,000 of any activity to support nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are suffering personal or financial hardship.

Cat, who is a Community Team Manager, signed up alongside Assistant Practitioner Kristy, Clinical Psychologist Kathryn and nurse Caroline, who has just celebrated 50 years of service with the NHS, as all four have an interest in running and felt the charity was worthwhile. Cat and Kristy will run together on Tuesday 16 Oct, while Kathryn and Caroline are completing the challenge in stages.

Martha, who has worked as a mental health nurse with NSFT for 14 years, signed up for the 10k to support colleague Gordon. She said: "I ran this distance earlier in the year and know how important it is to have the support with you along the way, so we will be supporting each other!

"It's important to me to be able to raise money for something that I continue to be passionate about and a role that continues to be so vital to the NHS."

Gordon, who has worked for the NHS for 20 years and for NSFT for two-and-a-half, signed up to help support a worthy cause, saying: "I am really passionate about the work the NHS has done over the last 70 years and continues to do, even under such difficult pressures. I'm also so proud of the work that NHS staff do, and when I heard that there are nurses, midwives and support workers struggling, I just felt that I needed to do something."

The Cavell Nurses Trust is named after Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was born in Norfolk and went onto help 200 allied soldiers escape from Belgium during the First World War before she was executed on 12 October 1915.

Dawn Collins, NSFT Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety, will mark the anniversary of her death by unveiling an educational interpretation board at her graveside at Norwich Cathedral tomorrow.

She said: "I am honoured to have been invited to unveil this interpretation board on the 103rd anniversary of Edith Cavell's death, as she remains an inspirational figure to many nurses working both at NSFT and in the wider NHS."

To sponsor Martha and Gordon, visit  

Anyone who would like to sponsor the King's Lynn team can donate via a collection box in the Chatterton House reception.

Caption: Modern Matron Charlie Loades is one of the NSFT staff raising money for the Cavell Nurses' Trust.

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