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Relay run for children with cancer

Last weekend 30 staff from the children’s cancer unit took on the Romsey relay race. The team included nurses, doctors, receptionists, dieticians, psychologists, pharmacists, surgeons, social workers and play leaders all coming together to support the ward where they work.

Piam Brown ward is the children's cancer unit for Southampton Children’s Hospital, looking after children from birth to 16 years old with all forms of cancer.

One of the doctors, Dr Amy, came up with the idea of running the relay marathon as a team.  As news spread more and more staff put themselves forward and they had a total of three teams entered, with each person running a total of 2.6 miles. She comments:

“Some of us are runners, some are walkers and some haven't left the couch for some time, other than for work of course!  It is both a rewarding and challenging place to work, so we wanted to give something back and raise money to enhance the services for our patients.”

Rachel, charity coordinator for the ward said: “It was great to see so many of the Piam Brown ward staff taking part and supporting each other.  The event was great as the distance was achievable and just about everyone exceeded their expectations.  

Well done Dr Amy for inspiring us all to come together and generate such great team spirit, everyone completed their laps in less than 30 minutes which is amazing. A special well done to Charlie Keys who finished in the fastest time.”


They’ve already raised over £2,400, and to show your support for their efforts, you can sponsor them:

Here’s what some of the runners said: 
“We all took part to support the ward, and it also created a really good team spirit between our colleagues,” Research team.
“I had been thinking of doing a 5k run but needed motivation.  We became closer as a team as we were all in the same situation but at different levels of experience, novice and experienced runners all together,” Caroline.
“I took part to get active and raise money for the ward through Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity.  It was a do-able distance for a novice runner like me and it turned out to be a really enjoyable day,” Heather.
“It was great to get involved with the team spirit and raise money for the ward. It was lots of fun with a brilliant atmosphere,” Hayley.
“There was a real team effort with everyone supporting each other, and it was good to hear everyone cheering us on as we went round,” Day ward staff.

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