Staff from North Yorkshire Horizons, the county’s integrated substance misuse service, are taking part in an ambitious 180-mile fundraising challenge to raise money for York Hospital’s Magnolia Centre.
The North Yorkshire Relay was organised by the service in support of Karen Jordan, (pictured left), Clinical Team Leader within North Yorkshire Horizons, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. Over 40 staff are taking part in the relay to raise money for cancer services and improve care for other patients going through treatment.
Karen says, “It’s overwhelming to see so many friends, family members and colleagues coming together to complete this amazing event. This is our chance to thank the wonderful professionals at the Magnolia Centre for their dedication and the person-centred care they provide for patients from every walk of life. I’m grateful to be surrounded by love and attention, but some people going through cancer treatment aren’t so lucky and centres like this provide much-needed compassion, care and support. Cancer can affect anyone – please show your support for this fantastic cause.”
Relay volunteers will be running, cycling and walking across the county between 18th-22nd June, travelling between 20 to 30 miles each day through Selby, Harrogate, Skipton, Northallerton and Scarborough. The team will also be sharing photos and updates on the challenge through the Relay JustGiving page.
Mark Vidgen, Assistant Director at North Yorkshire Horizons, said: “Karen has always been inspirational to her colleagues, and our staff and volunteers in North Yorkshire Horizons have been inspired again to raise money for her chosen cause. The team has really come together for this and is doing all it can to raise as much as possible. Staff who can’t make it will continue our service across North Yorkshire. They, and indeed many of our service users, are backing us all the way. There are going to be a few sore limbs at the end of this, but it will have been worth it.”
Supporting cancer care
The challenge is off to a successful start and has already received over £1,000 in donations.
Debbie Brain, a spokesperson for the Magnolia Centre, said: “We are very grateful for the support that comes to us through fundraising events such as these. These funds can make all the difference to our patients receiving care within the Magnolia Centre, be it having an ‘up to date’ magazine to read in the waiting areas, comfortable surroundings or equipment to improve the experience and quality of the care we provide.”
“We wish all taking part good luck and hope that there is a plentiful supply of blister plasters!”.
Karen Jordan, who was named “Nurse Leader of the Year” at the Nursing Times Awards in 2016 for her work with vulnerable people, will join the challenge on the final day at it heads to the finish line in Scarborough.
To support the North Yorkshire Relay, please visit JustGiving page.