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Nursing students organise charity fun runs to celebrate anniversary

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Nursing students from Oxford Brookes University have organised two fun runs to take place on the same day in Oxford and Swindon with proceeds going to local health charities.

The 5km runs, taking place on 23 April, have been organised as part of the university’s celebrations to mark 125 years of nurse education, which are running throughout the year.

“It is eye-opening to see how much nursing education has changed in the last 125 years”

Ronnie Holmes 

Students from a range of disciplines including adult nursing, children’s nursing and mental health are taking part in the runs.

The Oxford campus students will be running for mental health charity Oxfordshire Mind.

Richard Adu Gyamfi, a second year Bsc adult nursing student, said: “I came up with the idea of a fun run led by students, which both students and staff could get involved in along with anyone in other health disciplines.

“We decided to make it a fundraising event and raise money for Oxfordshire Mind, this is because as adult nursing students we are more likely to come across mental health related issues than any other, so it is something close to our hearts,” he said.

The Swindon-based students will be running for Brighter Futures the Great Western Hospital’s charity, which is currently undertaking a major £2.9m appeal to build a new radiotherapy centre.

Ronnie Holmes, third year Bsc adult nursing student in Swindon, said: “Many students carry out work placements at Great Western Hospital and also go on to secure employment there, so it is a great opportunity to give something back.

“Being involved in celebrating the long history of nursing is very exciting; it is eye-opening to see how much nursing education has changed in the last 125 years,” she added.

The two events have been organised in partnership with Harcourt Hill parkrun and Swindon parkrun, weekly runs organised entirely by volunteers, who are running enthusiasts.

The Oxford run will take place at 9am, starting from Brookes Sport Botley at the Harcourt Hill Campus. The Swindon run will take place at 9am, starting from outside the Forest Café and Visitor Centre at Lydiard Park.

Both runs are free, but all participants are encouraged to make a donation to Oxfordshire Mind via the 125 Oxford run JustGiving page  or Brighter Futures by the 125 Swindon run JustGiving page.

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