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09 Jul 2012
As part of its 125th anniversary celebrations, the QNI took part in the British 10k London run on 8th July with seven runners raising thousands of pounds for the charity’s ‘Right Nurse, Right Skills’ campaign.
The runners, who joined 25,000 other runners, most of whom were also running for charity, included Queen’s Nurses, student community nurses and an Olympian cyclist. Two of these were running for the charity for the 4th year running.
One of the runners, Jill Gould, a District Nurse Educator from Derbyshire, ‘The British London 10k run this year was brilliant, it felt like taking part in a historic event. Marking the Queen’s jubilee and the start of the Olympics, there was a real celebratory atmosphere and it felt very welcoming and well supported. The event itself is changing, with mainly black ‘race sponsor’ shirts worn, so it put a smile on my face to be one of a few runners proudly displaying the bright distinctive QNI colours.’
Mentioning the QNI’s anniversary, Jill continued, ‘When Queen Victoria helped to establish the QNI in her jubilee year 125 years ago, she could not have imagined how this organisation would evolve over the years, and what a positive impact it has made to nursing and to the health of the British population. The positive impact of the QNI has spurred me on to get out of bed at 6am to train for the run... and certainly helped me do my best run yet! This ability of the QNI to inspire hope is extremely important during this time when Community Nursing services are under growing pressure. Participating, being cheered on every kilometre of the run (even in the grey British summer rain) was a real joy, and the very least I could do to support this worthy cause.’
‘The runners did incredibly well, ‘said Matthew Bradby, the QNI’s Communications Manager, ‘Especially considering the awful wet weather! It didn’t seem to stop them from having a good time though. We’re very grateful to them all, their support will mean a great deal for our crucial campaign.‘
To find out more about the campaign, please go to http://www.qni.org.uk/campaigns.
Notes to editors
1. Launched in October 2010, the ‘Right Nurse, Right Skills’ campaign aims to improve the nursing care that patients receive in their own homes.
2. High resolution photos are available of this year’s run
3. To see a short video made by one of our runners, Jill Gould, about the event, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8fE5vOkfbE