A couple of weeks ago I completed my first official swim event – the stunning Dart 10K – and it was amazing! Since then I have been nursing the mother of all ear infections and I haven’t been allowed to swim – so sad!! But 2 lots of antibiotics, 3 lots of ear drops, some heavy-duty pain killers and an ear suction later, I am finally starting to feel better so I thought I would write the final instalment of why I am swimming le Channel!
In ‘Why? Part 1’ I wrote about how I love to swim and love an adventure (https://channelswimmingmum.net/2019/01/22/why-part-i/).
In Part 2 I wrote about some parts of my life that hadn’t quite worked out the way I thought they would and choosing to embrace the next chapter, not give up and be thankful (https://channelswimmingmum.net/2019/02/10/why-part-ii/).
And now we come to Why? Part 3… Fundraising!!
I qualified as a Paediatric Nurse in September 2006 and started working in the NHS at The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton. 13 years later – yes THIRTEEN!! – I continue to work at the Alex and I love it!
The NHS is a beautiful thing. She provides free healthcare – at the point of delivery – for anyone, based on their need, rather than their ability to pay. No, she’s not perfect, but she is pretty special and I get to watch her in action all the time.
Some days are average, some days are heart-breaking and some days the absolute joy of knowing I have connected with a child and their family, cared for them and helped them through one of their dark times makes me want to burst with joy. People don’t really want to spend time in hospital but sometimes we just have to and I count it such a privilege that I get to try and make that time as good as it can be. Job satisfaction to.the.max.
Here are just a few of the beauties I get to work with. (They all groaned at me when I asked for a photo at the end of our 12 hour shift!! Lols!!)
And we need you!
So, my final reason for swimming all the way to France is to raise as much money as I can for the ‘Outstanding’ Royal Alex. (Oh yes we got rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC! Woop woop!)
I would love you to join me in raising a whole lot of cash so that we can go above and beyond in our care and provision for all the children and families that come through the doors of the Alex.
You may or may not know that most Hospital Trusts have a charity to support their hospitals (Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity is probably the most well-known). Well, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Charity is the charity that supports The Royal Alex (alongside the other hospitals in the BSUH Trust) and has been up and running since 1995. You can find out more about it here https://www.bsuh.nhs.uk/charity/
I will be raising money for this charity and will write about more specific plans and projects along the way but for now…
This is my Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/channelswimmingmum
Spread the word, get giving – you could be the first one! And in the words of John Maxwell…
‘Teamwork makes the dream work!’
Let’s go for it 🙂