West Suffolk Hospital director puts right foot forward for 60-mile charity walk
A director at West Suffolk Hospital is to embark on a 60-mile challenge tomorrow to raise funds for a new state-of-the-art cardiac suite.
Jan Bloomfield, director of workforce and communications at the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, is taking on the Cotswold Way Challenge, which will see her walk from Bath to Cheltenham over the course of Saturday and Sunday, to raise money for the My WiSH Charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal.
The charity aims to raise £500,000 which will help to complete a new cardiac suite in which the trust has invested £5.2 million.
The extra money will bring together the whole unit, which is currently spread over different floors, into one purpose-built centre to provide quicker access to more treatments.
“The appeal is so important to me because it’s the biggest challenge that the My WiSH Charity has ever had,” said Jan, who has been updating her supporters on her training, which sees her do more than 40,000 steps in one day.
“It would be wonderful to achieve it as it will mean patients not having to traipse longer distances to other centres for treatment when we can deliver it here at the West Suffolk.”
Jan is joining forces with her friend and former finance director at the hospital, Linda Potter, who came up with the idea after illness forced Jan to pull out of the 26-mile Moonwalk through London.
“I was so disappointed that I did not finish the Moonwalk and knew that I would have achieved it if I had not been unwell,” said Jan.
“Linda and I had been looking for something to do that was a challenge and was in the day time and she came up with the Cotswold Challenge and I could not do it without doing it for the Every Heart Matters appeal.”
Jan has already surpassed her fund-raising target of £3,000.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/janet-bloomfield