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Nurse to run New York marathon to raise funds for hospital

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Gareth Burns is to combine his passion for running and healthcare by taking part in the New York Marathon to raise £2,500 for Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The staff nurse is planning to run the New York Marathon on 4 November 2018, when he will be raising money for the hospital charity Blue Skies Hospital Fund.

“This effort to fundraise is excellent proof that even in the hardest times, we manage to strive for excellence”

Eva Arribas Keegan

So far, he has received pledges worth just over £1,000 and hopes the money will help improve patient experience and raise awareness for the respiratory conditions that his patients face.

Mr Burns’ inspiration to turn the marathon into a fundraiser came from expressing his excitement over running in the New York Marathon to his colleagues and soon after, the idea of starting a fundraiser for their ward, Ward 10, emerged.

Mr Burns will be aided in his efforts by sister Eva Arribas Keegan as well as the rest of his colleagues on ward 10 at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Ward 10 is the acute male respiratory ward for the hospital, and cares for patients that have lung cancer, tracheostomy and laryngectomy patients, as well as patients with chest drains.

The £2,500 that Mr Burns and his team are attempting to raise will go to making the ward a more enjoyable place for the patients, one idea being building a day room for the patients, said Ms Arribas Keegan.

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gareth Burns

Source: Eva Arribas Keegan

Gareth Burns who is planning to run the New York Marathon

“It would improve the quality of their stay if, when they were well enough, they could spend some time in a day room instead of in the bay with the rest of these patients,” she said.

Ms Arribas Keegan said the ward’s nurses continually go the extra mile in their required duties through continued training, covering extra shifts, and staying late, so the start of a fundraiser by the team is no surprise.

She added: “Our team is committed to each other and to the patients, and this effort to fundraise is excellent proof that even in the hardest times, we manage to strive for excellence.”

Along with two other colleagues, she will be joining Mr Burns on his trip to the US to support him as he crosses the finish line.

In preparation for their departure, the team will set up a stand in the mezzanine of the Blackpool Victoria Hospital on 3 October 2018 advertising their raffle drawing on 30 October 2018.

“We have a driven, dynamic and highly trained team, we just need your help to have more resources to provide the best care,” noted Mr Burns.

Donations for Ward 10 of the Blackpool Victoria Hospital can be given at their JustGiving page

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gareth Burns with Eva Arribas-Keegan

Gareth Burns with Eva Arribas-Keegan

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gareth Burns and Eva Arribas-Keegan

Gareth Burns (left) with colleagues including and Eva Arribas-Keegan (second from left)

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gareth Burns and Eva Arribas-Keegan

Gareth Burns (front) and colleagues including Eva Arribas-Keegan (right)

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