On Saturday 11 June, Glynde Estates (near Lewes) saw walkers from across Sussex come together to celebrate their NHS. Raising almost £10,000 for the 4 participating NHS charities, it was a truly humbling and joyful sponsored walk to raise funds to support Heads On (Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s charity), East Sussex NHS charity, Sussex Community NHS Charity and SASH Charity (Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s charity).
Walkers were rallied first by Amanda Jones, Non-Executive Director of Sussex Partnership and
Charitable Funds Committee Chair who thanked all attendees for supporting the NHS Trust that meant the most to them before Chair of Lewes District Council, Cllr Adrian Ross gave a passionate speech about the importance of our NHS and participants support before a united count down setting the walkers off.
The event saw staff, patients who had used NHS Trust's services, community groups and corporate supporters walk, jog or run either 5km or 10km around the beautiful setting of the private Glynde Estates.
"After a difficult 2 years, it was fantastic to see supporters uniting to support the NHS charity that means the most to them, by carrying out this sponsored challenge" Remarked Rachael Duke, Head of Charity at Heads On.
"NHS staff have endured extremely challenging circumstances over the pandemic which is still being felt now; this event really shows our NHS how much we appreciate it. NHS charities enable Trust's to go above and beyond what would normally be possible funding projects to make hospitals a more welcoming environment, specialist research, providing equipment and funding projects to compliment patient's recovery."
Heads On and the other participating NHS charities would like to say a huge thank you to event sponsors, Realm Partners and our friends at Glynde Place for allowing the event to go ahead on Glynde Estates. Thank you to Morrisons Crowborough, Hastings and Seaford for their very generous donations of water and cereal bars.
But most of all, a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the event or sponsored a participant.
To find out more about how you can support Heads On to go above and beyound that what would normally be possible, please email firstname.lastname@example.org