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Nurses in Great North Run challenge

Two L&D nurses are taking part in the Great North Run on Sunday 15 September to raise funds for the children’s ward.

Hayley Ellis and Mel Collins are busy training for the biggest half marathon event in the UK – the 13.1 mile Great North Run.

As senior specialist paediatric nurses, Mel and Hayley provide expert care for some of the sickest children in the Woodlands Unit at the L&D including children with cancer, cystic fibrosis and other life threatening diseases.

All sponsorship money will go towards improving facilities and equipment in the ward cubicles and side rooms where very sick children have to stay, sometimes for long periods. Thanks to fundraising, the children’s ward playroom was recently refurbished and a special sensory area was built to give children with disabilities such as sight or hearing loss a rewarding play experience.

The BUPA Great North Run is one of the busiest half marathons in the world and attracts over 50,000 runners each year. It is run between Newcastle and South Shields and was founded by UK Olympic athlete and medallist Brendan Foster.

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