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QN Penny Millington and her friend former nurse Judith Greenwood, completed a fundraising cycle ride for the QNI in August 2013. The race - a 35 km cross country - took place around the countryside of Stockport.
‘We trained three times a week for 5 weeks,’ explains Penny. ‘The race itself went well. We finished in just over 2 hours, it was very muddy as it was all cross country and very hilly. When we finished we were covered in mud!’
Penny and Judith raised over £100 from the cycle race.
Several community nurses from the Isle of Man took on a Parish Walk in early 2012 and chose to donate some of the funds raised to the QNI (cheque presentation with former QNI Director Rosemary Cook CBE.)
QN Helen Ballinger took a novel approach to raising sponsorship for her British 10k London 2011 run (and the 'Right Nurse, Right Skills' campaign) by hosting a curry night in her local pub.
'I decided to do the 10k run in London for the QNI in order to raise funds for the 'Right Nurse, Right Skills' campaign,' explains Helen. 'I'm passionate about the training and education of community nurses and very much support this, so it was for a very worthy cause.
The event was very successful, with Helen raising over £400 from the one evening alone. A raffle was also held which included a bottle of wine and restaurant and nail bar vouchers, amongst other things. The 10k itself went very well with Helen walking around the London course in a very decent 1h40 minutes, just in time to hop back on a train back to Gloucester for a Silver wedding anniversary party!
After a long career devoted to community health care, most people would be forgiven for wanting to put their feet up. Not so for Karen Melling, a former district nurse and recently retired Senior Lecturer and Senior Tutor at Gloucestershire University.
To celebrate her retirement, Karen planned to fulfil a life-long ambition: on Saturday 24th October 2009, she set off to sail across the Atlantic on board Bold Explorer, a 45 foot steel yacht, with 3 other crew and a skipper. And with every sea mile she sailed,
Karen raised money for the QNI.
Alan Morris, an accountant from Bracknell, Berkshire, wanted to show his appreciation for community nurses and what they had done for him. So in 2010 he decided to run for the QNI in the London Marathon! Alan raised hundreds of pounds for the charity.