Pennine Acute Trust fundraising co-ordinator has her running shoes at the ready!

Shelley 10k
Pennine Acute Trust fundraising co-ordinator has her running shoes at the ready!
04 May 2016

CHILDREN who are treated at North Manchester General Hospital will soon have some additional equipment thanks to the efforts of two members of staff from Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Inspired by the incredible Misba Khan from the Trusts’ finance department at North Manchester General Hospital, who climbed Kilimanjaro over Christmas for the children’s unit, colleague Shelley Owen has now decided to take on her own challenge to help the cause and has got her running shoes at the ready!

Shelley will be taking part in the Great Manchester Run on Sunday 22 May and looking to complete the 10k course which finishes on Deansgate.

Shelley, charitable fundraising co-ordinator, who joined the Pennine Acute Trust in January 2015 said: “Granted, it’s not the highest mountain in Africa, but we can’t all be super mountaineers.  I was so impressed with Misba’s recent support for the charity that I was determined to do my bit to help.  Instead of eye watering altitudes, I will be sticking to flat ground and running a whole 10k around the streets of Manchester.  My trainers have not seen daylight for quite some time, so it’s time to blow away the cobwebs and hit the tarmac… Wish me luck!”

Funds raised will go towards the on-going appeal for a new sensory voyager at North Manchester General Hospital.    This equipment will be tremendously beneficial for the young patients on the hospital’s children’s unit. 

The unit cares for patients aged 0 – 16 years with a wide variety of needs, and the sensory voyager will provide a portable sensory studio solution which brings sensory equipment to the children who are unable to access the sensory room.

Many children with long term life limiting conditions are admitted to the unit for treatment throughout the year.  For those children who are immobile in bed, the sensory voyager brings to life their single room.  It will significantly help the children to relax, giving them control of the surroundings about them during their admission, as well as making their stay in hospital a more pleasant and memorable experience.

Shelley added: “Misba’s Kilimanjaro climb raised a fantastic £1,486.60 of the £4,698.00 needed to purchase this equipment.  I hope that my 10k run will get Pennine Acute Trust one stride closer to achieving this huge target.  No matter how large or small, please do donate if you can.  Every little helps!”

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