Health workers go extra mile for charity

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Daredevil trainee nurses and midwives in Sheffield are set to abseil down a city building to collect thousands of pounds for health charities.

The challenge is one of several lined up for students and staff at Sheffield Hallam University as part of their new The Extra Yard project.

A team of 40 nurses and midwives have already completed a 5K run around Endcliffe Park to boost Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, The Cavendish Centre for cancer support, the Cathedral Archer project at Sheffield Cathedral and Help for Heroes.

Each runner raised £30 and secured a further £1,500 in sponsorship from local businesses for the project.

Principal lecturer James Turner, who works at the university’s health and well-being faculty, is a part of the The Extra Yard team.

He said: “Charitable and fundraising activity has always been an essential aspect of our work.

“Our students take part in health-related initiatives such as bed pushes and other activities to raise money for good causes as well as giving time to volunteering.

“But the Extra Yard project does not only benefit the charities that receive fundraising.

“It also provides us with a lot of personal satisfaction and keeps us healthy and active at the same time.”

Further events and activities – including a bike ride and the abseil – are now being scheduled by the team in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University union’s Raise and Give scheme.

The team hope their activities will raise £12,000 each year for local charities.

The Extra Yard project also looks to give nursing and midwifery students experience in planning and leading entrepreneurial activities as they embark on their careers in the health industry.