Nurses, doctors and support staff have joined together to run a marathon to raise money for a Wolverhampton charity.
A total of 40 Compton Care staff walked, jogged, ran and danced their way around the lawns of Compton Hall completing 15 laps each equating to 26 miles – the same distance as running the London Marathon.
The event was part of the national 2.6 Challenge which involves people doing activities based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 to fundraise amid a drop in donations to charity.
Kate Kelly, Community and Events Manager, said: “We set our staff the challenge of completing a total of 600 laps around the lawn of Compton Hall to help raise vital funds needed to cover the cost of our care and everyone jumped at the chance to take part.
“The event was organised as Compton’s very own 2.6 challenge. With many fundraising events being cancelled due to the current Covid19 pandemic we’re facing such difficult times in the charity sector so wanted to do something ourselves to give our funds a boost.
“I am completely humbled by the dedication and determination of our team here at Compton, our key workers are not only offering an incredible service through these difficult times to patients and their families, they are now undertaking fundraising activities as well and I am certainly delighted to be part of such an amazing team. The support that we have seen from our community has also been incredible and has given us all a much-needed morale boost to know so many of you are behind us.”
The event comes after the charity called on people to donate via its Compton Vs Covid19 appeal in order to keep its vital services running throughout the pandemic. It has already brought in a number of measures to help ease the strain on the NHS, including opening up a new ward specifically for Covid-19 patients.
To donate to the appeal, visit https://www.comptoncare.org.uk/urgent-appeal/