A number of staff from The Walton Centre are taking on challenges and fundraising projects to support patients and colleagues. But three in particular are taking big leaps to support the hospital!

HR Manager Vicki Brough, Head of Patient Experience Mark McKenna and Head of Facilities and Development Paula Bamber are each taking up physical challenges to raise money for the hospital.

Vicki Brough is taking part in the specialist neuroscience Trust’s annual charity abseil after turning 30 last year, and to remember her dad who received treatment here. She said:

“My dad had tumours in his brain and he was treated with radiotherapy here at The Walton Centre. He passed away at the end of last year and it made me evaluate my own life and I now endeavour to live each day to the full, experiencing as many adventures as I can. As part of that feeling I wanted to raise money for The Walton Centre, so that they can help more families like they helped mine. I want to make the most of life and I wanted to help people as part of that. I haven’t done an abseil since school so it’ll be scary but it’s for a great cause. It’s great to do something adventurous and have it benefit the hospital. I wouldn’t have considered fundraising for any other charity!”

Mark McKenna is attempting two marathons in April and May. He’s currently training for both the Liverpool and Manchester marathon, he said: “From working here you see the benefits and impact The Walton Centre has on people’s lives. Fundraising helps to support the pioneering work that is done here.

“The thought of this helping people keeps me going when I’m training. The Home from Home facility, which gives relatives of patients a place to stay, is completely funded by charitable donations. The impact on patients and the relatives who get to stay there is massive. I ran the London marathon last year and I wanted to top that by doing two this year. Training is tough and it’s going to be pushing me to my limits to run two marathons just six weeks apart, but the goal of raising money for such a worthy charity is keeping me motivated.”

Paula Bamber is trying to better herself by taking part in the next St Helen’s 10k in April. She said “I started running a couple of years ago because I wanted to raise money for bowel cancer after my dad had it. I’ve been training hard and hope I can do it in under an hour. I’ve been so close the last couple of times! I’ve been working at The Walton Centre for 10 years and I think this will be my last charity run, so to mark it I wanted to support this amazing hospital. Fabulous things happen for patients here every day.”

We have lots of staff fundraising for The Walton Centre, keep an eye out on our Twitter page @WaltonCentre for more.