A TEAM of staff who help patients with serious illnesses everyday decided to do their bit for charity and enter the Treetops Moonlight Walk.
The women, who all work in the medical records department at Ilketon Community Hospital, raised £1,500 for the Risley-based hospice that supports people suffering serious illnesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
Team leader, Joanne Jones, was only 20-years-old when she lost her mum to cancer 20 years ago. She rallied the troops and urged them to sign up.
“Everyone’s been touched by cancer and we work with patients on a daily basis who are fighting for their lives,” she told the Advertiser.
“We set up clinics, we work on the receptions for clinics, we might not have the hands on approaches that doctors and nurses do but we still help these people everyday.
“We’re here through the sad times and the happy times.
“We know what a great job Treetops does for people when they need the help the most so wanted to show our support.
“Last year three of our team lost someone they loved and we all wanted to do something positive in their memory.”
Stephanie Shaw, Caroline Naylor, Sarah Ward, Pam Yeomans, Susan Slack, Hayley Slack (Susan’s daughter), Debbie Panniers and Maxine Taylor joined Joanne to form the Med Rec Ladybugs.
Donning insect bobble headbands and ladybird wings the team completed the charity walk in two hours.
Joanne added: “We had great fun, it was a really good atmosphere and a great team-building exercise.”
Around 30 ladies from the Ilkeston area took part in the seven mile night time walk around Derby. This year’s event raised £41,000.
Organiser, Gay Evans, said: “Thank you to everyone who turned out to walk and support us. It was great to hear some of the stories of how much money people have been raising for us. I would now urge walkers to get their sponsorship money to us as soon as possible.”
To make a donation visit www.treetopshospice.org.uk.