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Nursing team take on Captain Sir Tom Challenge by walking 100 laps of Darent Valley Hospital


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Two nurses are to tackle a 100km walking challenge to raise money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity.

Epilepsy specialist nurse Sarah and colleague Roxy will walk the equivalent of 100 laps of Darent Valley Hospital as part of the Captain Sir Tom 100 Challenge between April 30 and May 3.

The pair will complete the equivalent of 100 laps of Darent Valley Hospital
The pair will complete the equivalent of 100 laps of Darent Valley Hospital

Their efforts are part of a national fundraising effort to mark multi-million-pound NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore's 100th birthday, who famously completed 100 laps of his own home.

Funds raised by the pair will go to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity to help establish more Roald Dahl Nurse posts like Sarah's within the NHS.

The charity, established in 1991, provides specialist nurses and support to seriously-ill children.

There are currently 80 Roald Dahl specialist nurses caring for more than 21,000 seriously-ill children across the UK.

Sarah, who has been a nurse for almost 20 years, took up her new role just six months ago.

Roald Dahl specialist nurse Sarah (right) and colleague Roxy (left) are raising funds for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity as part of the Captain Tom Challenge. Picture: Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity
Roald Dahl specialist nurse Sarah (right) and colleague Roxy (left) are raising funds for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity as part of the Captain Tom Challenge. Picture: Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity

She said: "I am so inspired that this charity exists to help families; it's amazing.

"A lot of my work involves me being there for the families, both practically and emotionally.

"It can be scary for the child, siblings and parents to have a diagnosis of epilepsy, we help to reduce that anxiety and show that hospital is not something to be scared about."

Sarah and Roxy work as part of a small children's epilepsy team in the hospital, with Sarah as the only nurse and Roxy as the only healthcare assistant working alongside two specialist consultants and their medical secretaries.

"I'm very passionate and proud to support the charity."

"A Roald Dahl specialist nurse is often an important part of a family's life; when they have worries, they reach out to us to get the support they need," added Sarah.

"I'm very passionate and proud to support the charity."

To donate to Sarah and Roxy's challenge, visit their JustGiving page.

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