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Nurse runs to raise money for ‘holistic leg ulcer care’

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Tissue viability nurse Frank Hall is set to try and run 15 miles from Downing Street to Bromley in south east London on 3 September, as part of fundraising efforts for his local “leg club”.

Mr Hall is seeking to raise funds for Mottingham Leg Club. He has been a member of the club’s nursing team since it opened in September 2012.

Setting off at 10:30am Mr Hall will run from Downing Street to Bromley Healthcare’s headquarters in Hayes, which provides the nursing team for the Leg Club.

He then aims to arrive in Mottingham at around 1pm in time for the club’s weekly meeting.

Mr Hall said: “I hope this personal challenge will raise funds for Mottingham Leg Club and awareness of the Bromley Healthcare’s commitment to advancing excellent holistic leg ulcer care.”

There are currently over 20 Leg Clubs around the UK. They treat patients collectively on a drop-in basis in a non-medical setting.

The “club atmosphere” is intended to help reduce social isolation and encourage patients to engage with self-management of their condition through peer support.

Run by a committee of members and local people, each club operates according to guidelines monitored by the Lindsay Leg Club Foundation.

Mottingham Leg Club was visited in June by Dr David Foster, deputy director of nursing at the Department of Health.

He said: “It’s an unglamorous field of nursing, but the positive impact on the lives of those attending leg clubs is profound.

“By bringing together people with the same or similar conditions the leg club effectively gets around this problem of social isolation. There is an extraordinary camaraderie as you would expect of a club, but also a sense of the shared experience itself being therapeutic.”

Bromley Healthcare was established in 2011 as a social enterprise scheme. It runs a range of community services in Bromley, Greenwich, Bexley, Croydon, Lewisham and Suffolk, including health visiting, district nursing, school nurses and specialist nurses.

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