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Meet the ‘Mighty 17’ – Weldmar team members taking on a double challenge

Get inspired to take on a challenge to raise money this autumn!

Throughout this October, seventeen members of the Weldmar Hospicecare team will be taking on a double fundraising challenge.

The ‘Mighty 17’ (a number of whom are pictured below) will not only be banishing the booze, but will also all be completing their own fifty mile challenge – either walking, running, cycling, or swimming this distance over the course of the month.

It’s the brainchild of Housekeeping Supervisor Mish Holmes, who agreed with Senior Sister Emma Mills that they would both do a ‘Sober October’ in aid of Weldmar, but found herself wanting to take it to take it up a notch.

“The going sober part of it was all sorted, but I found myself awake at 3am wondering how we could make it more of a challenge.  I’ve seen lots of people doing their own distance challenges for charities on social media, so spoke to Emma about it as soon as she arrived at work the next morning.  Within three hours, we had another fifteen colleagues signed up!”

This is why Mish wanted to create this challenge for Weldmar:

Those colleagues who are also taking part include David Whiles, Maintenance Engineer, who has a special reason for taking part.  “I’m doing this in memory of my father, who passed away in the hospice last year.  My fifty mile challenge will be a mix of walking and cycling, completing five circuits around Portland.”

Specialist Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Service Lead Clare Bradbury is also doing the challenge not only as a member of staff but as the daughter of a Weldmar patient – her dad.  Clare’s fifty miles will be done in one hit, on the ‘Assault Bike’ at ReLuCo gym in Dorchester, on Saturday 24th October!  Clare says, “I have a love/hate relationship with the Assault Bike! Resistance is ramped up automatically as you push, pull and pedal with greater speed and force.

“My virtual route around Dorset will start at Steepleton Manor Nursing Home where Dad spent the last 3 months of his incredible life, receiving wonderful care and advice from Weldmar Community Nurses and Occupational Therapists. We, as Dad’s family, also received support, care and love from Weldmar Hospicecare and are so grateful.

“I love working for this charity and am very proud that the Allied Healthcare Team of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists have continued to provide their Services both within the community and Inpatient Unit thorough out this pandemic.”

All the Weldmar staff members taking part in this double headed challenge have got a shared Just Giving page where you can show your support.

Visit the Mighty 17 JustGiving page here

The ‘Mighty 17’ for Weldmar are:

Jane Askew (Bereavement Counsellor), Clare Bradbury (Specialist Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Service Lead), Paul Browne (Maintenance Technician), Emily Curran (Occupational Therapist), Louise Curtis (Senior Chef), Christy Doyle (Maintenance Admin Assistant), Arpi Gyorfy (Housekeeping Assistant), Peter Halliwell (Housekeeping Assistant), Mish Holmes (Housekeeping Supervisor), Emma Mills (Senior Sister), Jo Pasker (Lead Complementary Therapist), Ros Ross (Receptionist/Administrator), Angela Sherry (Workforce Development Lead), Jane Smith (Occupational Therapist), David Whiles (Maintenance Engineer), Chloe Wiseman (Clinical Admin Team Manager), Leila Wykes (Housekeeping Assistant)

Good luck to all of them – and we’d love to hear about the challenges you are completing to raise money for Weldmar Hospicecare!  Perhaps you’d like to follow in the footsteps of our own ‘Mighty 17’ and complete a sober October with your personal fifty mile challenge.

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