4th February 2020

Chesterfield Royal Hospital Respiratory Nurses

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We are a team of nurses and health care support workers, and we will take on the Three Peaks Challenge in support of those living with lung cancer. #IAmAndIWill

This year, a group of 12 nurses from Chesterfield Royal Hospital are challenging themselves to take on the National Three Peaks challenge to support a charity that is close to the heart of their ward matron, Vicky. Holly tells their story this World Cancer Day:

“The team and I work on Markham Ward, which is a respiratory medicine ward caring for patients with different types of lung disease, including those with lung cancer.

We support our patients and their relatives throughout their disease, whether they’re newly diagnosed, receiving treatment, or receiving palliative care. We pride ourselves on our palliative care, ensuring a difficult time is as comfortable and pain free as possible.

No two days on the ward are the same. We are always facing new challenges, but we feel as a team, we can overcome anything that is thrown at us!

As nurses, we still find that every day we learn something new regarding lung cancer, and ways in which we can support our patients. We all have our different reasons for enjoying respiratory nursing, but one thing we have in common is we thrive in a busy, fast paced, challenging environment.

Some of the team – (Top left – right) Charlotte Rodgers, Daryl Pritchard, Sara Beghini, Holly McLean, Dawn Edwards, Donna Ingram, Samantha Cavanagh.
(Bottom left – right) Laura Wagstaffe and Angelie Bailey

We are supporting Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation not only for the work it does in raising awareness of lung cancer and support it gives our patients, but also for our ward matron, Vicky Turner. She lost her father to lung cancer a number of years ago and received support from Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. She is passionate about raising awareness of the charity.  

Vicky always supports her team and is a true leader. So now it’s our turn to support her in something she is passionate about. She doesn’t know this is the reason we chose the charity so will find out when she reads this.

The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales. It is a perfect opportunity for us to do something challenging and rewarding together as a team. The challenge also gives us the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

L-R – Laura Wagstaffe, Dawn Edwards, Holly McLean, Rehana Lacey, Zoe Sludds and Angelie Bailey on Monsal Trail

We value team building and find it has a positive impact on the work we do on the ward. It also has the added benefit of getting us outdoors and getting fitter!

The team have been doing lots of practice walks and although we know it will be a hard challenge, we are excited!

L-R – Charlotte Rodgers, Zoe Sludds, Rehana Lacey, Dawn Edwards and Holly McLean. Training on the Kinder Scout walk.

Our friends, family and colleagues are giving us plenty of support, even those not doing the challenge are helping us to raise funds!

Knowing that we are not only raising money for a fantastic charity, but also spreading awareness about lung cancer and the work that Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation does, drives us on!”