Cardio team leads the way as it raises cash through around the world challenge
A team of lifesavers are marking up the miles as they work to cover the distance of an around the world trip.
Staff from South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust have been joined by their loved ones to make up a 40-strong team to complete a 7,000 mile challenge to raise funds for the Pumping Marvellous Foundation.
Led by Consultant Cardiologist Dr Mickey Jachuck, it is the largest group to sign up to the year-long task, with more than 7,000 miles covered so far and £1,100 collected in the two months since it was launched.
The distance is being covered by STSFT Team Cardio in a number of ways, from steps covered during shifts to coastal bike rides.
Dr Jachuck said: “Our cardiology team care for many people across the region with heart failure and, although advances in diagnosis and treatment have had a really positive impact, there is still so much more we can do to improve outcomes.
“I have seen first-hand how hard the Pumping Marvellous Foundation works to promote self-care and improve patient pathways, so this was a great way to raise awareness of the condition whilst raising money for a fantastic cause.
“I was a complete non-runner until a couple of years ago and have really noticed the benefits both physically and mentally that regular activity brings.
"It’s been fantastic to see so many of my colleagues getting involved and we’re now looking forward to seeing if we can collect enough virtual miles to go right around the world.”
Nick Hartshorne-Evans, Chief Executive and Founder of Pumping Marvellous Foundation, added: “It didn’t surprise me that the team led by Dr Mickey Jachuck were leading the race.
"Dr Jachuck has been a strong supporter of the Pumping Marvellous Foundation for many years and the whole team’s involvement demonstrates their willingness to support people living with heart failure.”
A page has been set up so people can follow the team’s fundraising efforts and take donations towards their total, with a leader board set up to show who has made up the most miles so far.
It can be visited via: https://pmf.enthuse.com/pf/stsft-team-cardio with the deadline for the challenge set as March 19, 2022.