Two nurses at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are intending to take to the boxing ring in a bid to raise money for patients.
Cait Nee, 22, and Lisa Mallen, 30, have undertaken an intense eight-week boxing course to raise money for patients on the hospital’s clinical decision unit, where they both work.
“I think sometimes it’s easy to forget how stressful it can be for patients”
The pair, neither of whom has ever boxed before, will be raising money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.
If all goes to plan, they will enter the ring on Saturday 14 November at Aston Villa’s football stadium.
They will be pitted against opponents from among the 30 other people who have also signed up to take part, but do not find out who they are fighting until a week or so beforehand.
Ms Nee, who studied nursing at the University of Birmingham, said: “Lisa and I have never done anything like this before but were attracted by the challenge.
“Working ‘on the ground’ we have been able to identify things that could be helpful for our patients, so we’ve decided to raise money for the CDU fund at QEHB Charity,” she said.
The charity funds equipment, research and training at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.
Ms Nee added: “The waiting room is always really busy and I think sometimes it’s easy to forget how stressful it can be for patients.
“We’d like to use the money we raise to purchase a bookcase and activities for the waiting room, to help patients relax as they wait for appointments,” she said.
The pair hope to raise money for the QEHB Charity and can be sponsored through the JustGiving website.