Brookes nursing students run for Oxford and Swindon charities

Monday, 18 April 2016

Runners

Nursing students from Oxford Brookes University have organised two fun runs to take place on the same day in Oxford and Swindon with proceeds going to local health charities.

The five kilometre runs, taking place this weekend (Saturday 23 April) have been organised as part of the University’s celebrations to mark 125 years of nurse education.

The celebrations were launched in January, and will run throughout the year in partnership with local health Trusts in both Oxford and at the University’s Swindon Campus. There are a host of events taking place during the year, including a lecture series, sponsored by Health Education England Thames Valley, social events, exhibitions and fundraising activities

I came up with the idea of a fun run led by students, which both students and staff could get involved in along with anyone in other health disciplines. We decided to make it a fundraising event and raise money for Oxfordshire Mind, this is because as adult nursing students we are more likely to come across mental health related issues than any other, so it is something close to our hearts

Richard Adu Gyamfi, Nursing student, Oxford Brookes University

Brookes nursing students from a range of disciplines including adult nursing, children’s nursing and mental health are taking part. The Oxford students will be running for mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind.

Richard Adu Gyamfi, second year Bsc Adult Nursing student said: “I came up with the idea of a fun run led by students, which both students and staff could get involved in along with anyone in other health disciplines. We decided to make it a fundraising event and raise money for Oxfordshire Mind, this is because as adult nursing students we are more likely to come across mental health related issues than any other, so it is something close to our hearts.

“We are all looking forward to the run on Saturday, and would encourage everyone to come along on the day and cheer us on!”

The Swindon based students will be running for Brighter Futures the Great Western Hospital’s charity, which is currently undertaking a major £2.9m fundraising appeal to build a new Radiotherapy Centre in Swindon.

Ronnie Holmes, third year Bsc Adult Nursing student in Swindon said: “I really enjoy being an Oxford Brookes student; I feel my training so far has made a huge difference to my growth as a student nurse. Many students carry out work placements at Great Western Hospital and also go on to secure employment there, so it is a great opportunity to give something back.

“Being involved in celebrating the long history of nursing is very exciting; it is eye-opening to see how much nursing education has changed in the last 125 years.”

The two events have been organised in partnership with Harcourt Hill parkrun and Swindon parkrun, weekly runs organised entirely by volunteers, who are running enthusiasts.

The Oxford run will take place at 9.00am starting from Brookes Sport Botley at the University’s Harcourt Hill Campus. The Swindon run will take place at 9.00am starting from outside the Forest Café and Visitor Centre at Lydiard Park.

More information about both runs and other events for the 125 year celebrations can be found on the Department of Nursing’s webpages.

Both runs are free, but all participants are encouraged to make a donation to Oxfordshire Mind via the 125 Oxford run JustGiving page or Brighter Futures by the 125 Swindon run JustGiving page.