Nurse and James Paget University Hospital Clinical Project Manager Joan Pons Laplana will be undertaking a 10K race with a difference this weekend – hopping on a Space Hopper to raise funds for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust.
On Sunday, 22 October, Joan will hop around Sheffield as part of #10kForNurses – a campaign being run in October by the Trust who are encouraging people to run 10k, walk 10k, sing for 10,000 secs or even bake 10k worth of calories.
The aim is to raise £10,000 to support the UK’s nurses, midwives and Health Care Assistants, whether working or retired, with money and assistance when it is needed.
For Joan, The Big Hop was a different way of doing the Sheffield City 10k to attract attention to his efforts to support this worthy cause.
Joan said; “"For the last few months nursing has made the headlines due to many nurses struggling to make ends meet. Lots of us are only a pay cheque away from poverty. On Sunday I will be hopping around the streets of Sheffield hoping to raise a lot of cash to help fellow health workers going through financial hardship, often because of illness, domestic abuse, disability, working poverty or older age. The Trust is seeing an increased amount of calls for help from nursing professionals and, as they are there for nurses, I wanted to do something to support the cause.”
Joan has already raised more than £2,000, helping the charity on their way to the 10k target. He will be using a huge purple Space Hopper supplied by Space-Hoppers.co.uk for the challenge and should be easy to spot for anyone watching the event!
For more information about the campaign and to sponsor Joan please see www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/cavellnursestrust/october10kfornurses .