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Southampton critical care nurses running through Paris

Kimberley Jarvis and a fellow nurse, Helen Lovell, work on the General Intensive Care Unit at Southampton General Hospital.

They have challenged themselves to complete the 42km Paris marathon on Sunday 12th April.

Kimberley comments: “We have been inspired to support the work of Heather Parsons, who founded 'Where there's a Will' rehabilitation fund of Southampton Hospital charity. This supports intensive care patients, relatives and carers on the unit and continues to provide support after discharge to help them continue their recovery and adjust to life at home following critical illness. Both Helen and myself felt that we wanted to give something extra to the patients that we care for on a daily basis which is why we signed up to the Paris marathon.

The route will take us down the Champs‐Elysees, past the Place de la Concorde and Place de la Bastille, to the Chateau du Vincennes before heading back towards the Eiffel Tower and finish line. We are already training hard so that we can really do this challenge justice.

Helen adds: “As nurses on the intensive Care unit we see firsthand how Southampton Hospital Charity makes a difference to the patients and families we are caring for. Heather is so devoted and gives an enormous amount of her time and energy to support the rehabilitation and follow‐up services of general intensive care.

If you have known anyone who has ever been in intensive care, you will know that the road to recovery can sometimes take a long time and many people continue to experience both physical and psychological problems for a long time afterwards. The ‘where there's a Will fund aims to help support and overcome many of these issues. We would like to show our appreciation to Heather by helping to raise extra money to continue the good work of the charity.

We grow really close to some of our patients, and want to see the best for them and contribute to their recovery beyond their time on the Intensive Care Unit."

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