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Staff shed their work clothes and don running shoes to raise money for paediatric diabetes department
Two members of staff at the West Suffolk Hospital swapped their normal daytime wear and donned their running shoes to help raise funds for a cause close to their hearts.
Paula Olsen and Ruth Whymark, who both work in the paediatric diabetes department at the hospital in Bury St Edmunds, took part in one of the 10k “hoohaah” races held in Thetford Forest raising £443.75 to help fund events for their patients.
The money will also go to their support group who hold regular events across West Suffolk for the young people.
They deal with children and teenagers aged from six months to 19-year-olds and decided to take part in the race to help boost the funds.
And now they have handed over a cheque from their efforts to the My WiSH team which supports the hospital.
Paula, who is a paediatric diabetes nurse specialist, is a regular runner and most recently took part in a half marathon in Switzerland where the course ran into the neighbouring countries of Germany and France.
But for Ruth, who is a specialist in diabetes and a paediatric dietician, running the 10k was a new experience. However, they both completed the course on a wet day back in March.
Paula said: “Thanks to My WiSH Charity we are able to organise a number of activities for our children.
“We do specialist camps three times a year in conjunction with the 17 hospitals across the East of England network and we need staff to go along who know how to look after the children and we also try to take one of their friends along with them.
“Ruth also organises Christmas parties and we get presents for them as well.
“We also organize a paintball session for them in the forest in October while we take the under-fives to Curve Motion. All of this we couldn’t do without charity money.
“We are lucky in that we also have a couple of mothers who organise coffee mornings.”
The pair are now planning to take part in the Bury Festival run in October and Paula added: “Diabetes is a lifelong condition and the children have to keep to their regime to keep alive.”
Written by Russell Cook
Pictured is Amy Hatch, right, My WiSH fundraising officer, with Paula Olsen and Ruth Whymark.