The Lister Abseil challenge which took place on Sunday, March 26, has raised over £45,000!

100 people including NHS staff, former patients and supporters from the local community who wanted to raise funds to thank a hospital department took part in the event.

Chief nurse at the Trust, Theresa Murphy, (pictured above with chief people officer, Thomas Pounds) has raised over £1,800 in sponsorship. She said: “It was absolutely terrifying but I loved it!

“I only started at the Trust in the summer but I have already seen how our charity helps our hospitals be even better so I felt had to take on this challenge to support them.

“Thank you to everyone who sponsored me. I’m surprised, and delighted, to have raised so much! This will help ensure our wonderful NHS staff continue to give exceptional care to all our patients.”

Beth McNeil, the charity’s head of fundraising, added: “Thank you to everyone who took part in the abseil. It was an incredible day and we are absolutely thrilled the event raised this fantastic amount.

“We heard some lovely stories from people who were taking part to thank our wonderful NHS teams. It makes me very proud.

“The funds raised will help us continue to support these wonderful teams so they continue to go above and beyond for all our patients.”

“If you are thrill-seeker, we hope you will join us next year!”

We would like to the following people who helped make it such a fantastic day:

  • The 100 abseilers who took part to raise funds for our children’s wards, Butterfly Volunteer Service, critical care unit, stroke ward, neonatal unit, cancer centre, A&E, maternity and dementia wards - every penny will make such a HUGE difference to local patients and their families. 
  • Everyone who sponsored the abseilers to help us get to this incredible total - a massive thank you!
  • Steve Rudge and Dolomite Training for running the abseil - you were fantastic!
  • The NHS Trust estates and health and safety teams for volunteering their time to help us on the day and in preparation for the event
  • Our volunteers at RAYNET for volunteering their time today to support us with radio control
  • Storm Electrical for donating their time to support us in preparation for the day
  • Ian Slack, Elizabeth Woolmer, Bob Grinham, Emily Rowland, Stuart Leader for volunteering their time to take photos - they are fabulous!
  • Jim Coote for taking video footage and really capturing the joy and excitement of the day
  • Angela and Kirsty from the Butterfly Service and the duty managers on call for volunteering their time to support this event
  • Michael and Roni Hearn of Hearn Training for providing first aid cover
  • Cafe2U for providing food and drink today
  • Andy and Dave at Mr H Productions for providing the PA and music