Sheffield nurses to take on hiking challenge to raise funds for Uganda hospital

Hedley Bishop and Jimmy Sherwin, mental health nurses from Sheffield, during the Yorkshire three peaks challenge in May 2016.

Hedley Bishop and Jimmy Sherwin, mental health nurses from Sheffield, during the Yorkshire three peaks challenge in May 2016.

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A team of nurses plan to hike over 25 miles through the Peak District to raise money for a hospital in Uganda.

Hedley Bishop, Jimmy Sherwin, Andy Algar, Emma Bishop and Leanne Casey, who all work for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, will take on the Peak District Four Peak Challenge in May.

The challenge will see them walk 25.6 miles up four of the highest peaks in the Peak District, a task they hope to complete in under 12 hours.

The money they raise will be given to the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.

Hedley said: “We wanted to do this to raise money to support people in Uganda who have mental health problems.

“The Trust has links with a hospital in Gulu in Uganda. Our staff work with nurses in Gulu and also back here in the UK, sharing skills and helping develop their hospital and its services.”

Hedley visited Gulu in November and supported staff in the hospital to deliver teaching sessions on how to deal with violence and aggression.

This will be the second endurance challenge for Hedley and Jimmy, who are both mental health nurses.

Along with Hedley’s step-father Kevin Maw and friend Pete Johnson, they also completed the Yorkshire three peaks challenge in May 2016.

Hedley added: “We wanted a proper challenge that would stretch us mentally and physically, that way we would earn the money that people donated to us.

“The hard climbs were worth the effort because we were able to see beautiful views and scenery some of which were breathtaking.

“We were spurred on by knowing we were raising money that would help others. Completing the challenge was almost a euphoric experience.”

They raised £1,600, which went towards running a ward at the hospital.

Hedley and his colleagues are now hoping to raise even more money.

You can donate to by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com and searching for Hedley Bishop.

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