26 February 2013 – Searching for sixty people up for a challenge

Posted on February 26, 2013 by AireAdmin

The search is on for 60 people to take up the challenge to raise money for Airedale Hospital – in particular to buy equipment for the new endoscopy unit.

Charity Fundraiser Bronagh Daly has secured 60 places in the Jane Tomlinson running, swimming and walking events and is leading the way by raising funds herself.

Beginners and more experienced runners, swimmers and walkers alike are urged to join Bronagh as she take on the Leeds 10k, Hull 10k and Leeds Half Marathon to raise funds for this worthy cause.

The running events start with the Leeds half marathon on 12 May and finish with the York 10k at the racecourse on 4 August. Participants can choose to swim 500m or 1500m at Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield on 23 June from 9am.

There are also a wide range of walking events of various distances which start with a family walk on 28 April in the Peak District through the Hope Valley and scenic Castleton, alongside more challenging routes and end on 8 September with five mile, 13 mile and 22 mile walks through the Lake District.

Details of all the events and registration forms are available on our website at: http://www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/WorkWithUs/charity/events.html

Bronagh is encouraging everyone, no matter what their level of fitness is, to give it a go.

She will be starting on 28 April at the Peaks Challenge with a gentle five mile walk followed by various walking challenges across our national parks.

Bronagh said “I have done a few charity walks and runs and always have a great day out. The training is a good way to get fit. I only started running a few years ago and I am by no means fast but I love the challenge as well as raising money for the hospital. “

“You don’t have to raise massive amounts of money, all we are asking is that you promise to raise at least £100 – any more than that would be amazing.”

Although our focus is on buying new endoscopy equipment, you can choose any ward or department to benefit from your fundraising.”

If you would like more information about the challenges please contact Bronagh on 0787 5056577 or 01535 294546.

A fundraising appeal was launched at Christmas to raise more than £60,000 for new endoscopy equipment. This includes an endoscopy video processor, which helps to diagnose patients more quickly and provides a clearer image for the clinician; and entonox hoses which allow procedures to be carried out without sedating patients allowing them to drive home in less than an hour instead of possibily staying overnight in hospital.

If you want to make a donation to the appeal either text ENDO60 followed by £ and the amount you want to donate to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/AiredaleEndoscopyChristmasAppeal

Born in Wakefield, Jane Tomlinson, was an amateur athlete who became renouned for raising £1.85 million for charity by completing a series of athletic challenges, despite suffering from terminal cancer. She died in 2007, aged 43.