18 mile walk to spread Christmas joy raises £800

David Coffey, Charge Nurse at Woodlands Centre for Acute Care, braved the wind and rain and walked 18 miles to raise money for Christmas presents for the service users he cares for. On Friday 6th November, he completed the 18 mile trek from the Woodlands Centre in Hastings, to the Department of Psychiatry in Eastbourne in 6.5 hours.

He raised more than £800 for Christmas presents, prizes for activities and festive treats for inpatients at Woodlands, St Raphael and Bramble Lodge, making Christmas as special as it can be for patients who have to spend it in hospital rather than at home with their families.

David explained why this is important:

“It’s difficult to be in hospital over Christmas and these types of small things really mean a lot to our patients. For some people, these little gifts will be the only Christmas presents they will get.” 

“I completed the walk solo as I was sure no one would put up with my constant complaining. The weather added to the challenge but the cause was important to me and drove me on when I wanted to quit.

We'd like to say a massive thank you and well done to David, if you would like to sponsor him and bump up his total there's still time to do so using his JustGiving page - https://www.justgiving.com/David-Coffey.

If you have a great fundraising idea and want to make life better for the people that come to Sussex Partnership for help, get in touch at headsoncharity@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk or give Anisa a call on 07469351456.

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Whether you make a donation, attend an event or fundraise for us, every penny will help make life better for people with mental health problems.