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Nurse Barbara’s update 562 miles from Land’s End to help Hull’s sick children

A nurse who has dedicated 36 years of her life to the NHS is entering day 11 of her sponsored cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise £2,500 for sick children at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Barbara Joy, took on the challenge to raise funds for WISHH, the independent charity funding the redecoration of Ward 130 and the Children’s High Dependency Unit at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Young patients and staff on the ward are eagerly monitoring and charting Barbara’s progress on a gigantic map as she cycles the 940-mile route which started on the 18 June and is due to arrive at John O’Groats 5 July. 

Barbara has cycled 562 miles since Land’s End through rain and shine.  From the early days of the challenge of the mountains of Cornwall, she has travelled from Glastonbury to Monmouth, Shrewsbury, cycling though torrential rain.  Yesterday included Kendal and a 6 mile climb to Shap Fell Summit, slow, hot and steep! Once at the top Barbara could appreciate the wonderful views. A last push to Gretna and they arrived in Scotland!

Accompanied by her brother David, who flew from his home in Dubai to join his sister on her challenge.   The incredible duo has camped most nights with the odd stop at friends to rest in a proper bed.

Barbara, who has worked on the children’s wards at Hull Royal since 2007, said: “The children, their families and the staff I work with are spurring me on as they are monitoring our progress every day.”

WISHH is the independent charity supporting Hull’s hospitals by providing “added extras” for patients such as equipment, facilities and services which is not already funded by the NHS.

Ward 130 and its neighbouring High Dependency Unit on the top floor of Hull Royal care for children recovering from serious illness, acute and chronic medical conditions such as asthma or epilepsy or life-long conditions such as cystic fibrosis. While some children can be on the wards or High Dependency Unit for days, others can spend weeks or months undergoing treatment. 

She said: “It’s a really tough challenge but we’re both determined to do it as we are well over the half way mark now. The children looked after by staff on the ward are incredibly brave and many of them have had to endure more than most of us can contemplate so the thought of them is keeping us going.”

If you have that generous #WeekendFeeling and would like to sponsor Barbara to help her reach her £2,500 fundraising target, donate via her Just Giving page:

28th June 2019