Airedale A&E team steps out to raise funds for hospital's appeal

Preparing for the walk in aid of the appeal are, (from left), senior charge nurse Richard Rees-Jones, emergency nurse practitioner Jonathan Carter, senior sister Mel Glover, staff nurses Jo Goodman and Jessica Crossley and healthcare support workers Jeane

Preparing for the walk in aid of the appeal are, (from left), senior charge nurse Richard Rees-Jones, emergency nurse practitioner Jonathan Carter, senior sister Mel Glover, staff nurses Jo Goodman and Jessica Crossley and healthcare support workers Jeane

First published in News

A TEAM at Airedale Hospital's A&E department is putting its best foot forward for a cause close to its heart.

Colleagues are tackling a canal towpath trek to coin-in cash for the Emergency Department Appeal.

The £100,000 appeal was started in May to fund desperately-needed resources for the new hospital unit, which is due to open in the autumn.

Items on the 'wish list' range from cardiac monitors to a children's distraction wall, designed to keep youngsters occupied while they are awaiting assessment and treatment.

The walkers will set off from Skipton on July 23 and cover a 26-mile route, alongside the canal, to Leeds.

They will be joined for part of the way by family and friends.

The team aims to complete the challenge in a day and hopes to raise hundreds of pounds through sponsorship.

Among the walkers will be A&E staff nurse Jo Goodman, of Cowling.

She said: “We hope to start early so we can get some of the distance under our belts before it becomes too warm, if the weather is good.

"Although we all do quite a lot of walking in our spare time, no one has tackled anything like this before.”

To sponsor the walkers, text JORI 82 and the amount to 70070 or visit justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Jo-and-Rich-walk-28-miles-to-Leeds.

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