Penrith NHS staff really do go extra mile

Date: Friday 25th May 2018

A TEAM including doctors, nurses and staff from Penrith hospital’s minor injuries unit and Cumbria Health on Call raised more than £2,500 for charity by running the length of Hadrian’s Wall between Wallsend and Carlisle Castle on Tuesday.

The idea for the challenge arose after the death last year of Bill Budd, the husband of Sam, a Penrith hospital nurse who lives at Lazonby.

From a starting point of being a non-runner, Sam, who has been a qualified nurse for 25 years, set her sights on taking on distance challenges in order to raise funds for the charities — Eden Valley Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Care — which offered her the most support during an awful time.

The 71-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall, following the national trail path, was divided into seven roughly 10-mile sections for the purposes of the fundraiser.

Full story in Saturday's paper