Congratulations, #TeamSCFT!
03 November 2020

Congratulations, #TeamSCFT!

On Saturday 31 October, fundraising superstars across the Trust united under the banner of #TeamSCFT and tackled the #10kForNursesAndMidwives in aid of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which supports UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in personal or financial hardship.

Tracy Allan, Area Head of Nursing and Governance for Children’s and Specialist Services, was the first to sign up to the challenge:

“I think we can thank Twitter for bringing us together for this - the 10k challenge came up on my Twitter feed. I hadn’t heard of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust before, and felt after this year of seeing so many examples of health staff going more than the extra mile and working in extreme situations, that this would be a way of showing my support.

“When I tweeted that I had joined the challenge, my wonderful colleagues also joined, and #TeamSCFT seemed the most suitable name!”

#TeamSCFT completed their challenge with two socially-distanced 10km walks across Worthing and Brighton and Hove.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners Grace Henderson and Emma Finlay completed the Worthing walk together with Emma’s dog Kim:

“COVID-19 has highlighted the struggles that we are all facing, and nurses and midwives are not exempt from that. This fundraising event is a small way of supporting our nursing and midwifery communities. The day started off bright but soon turned rainy and blustery!”

Deputy Area Director for Specialist Services Trudy Ward joined the Brighton and Hove cohort:

“The weather was wild - so wild at the beginning that when I was pushing my body against the blizzard towards the start, I did wonder what I had let myself in for! I was soaked through early on, but felt the camaraderie of #TeamSCFT driving us all forward.

“In conversations with sponsors I was told of a number of nurses, midwives and HCAs who colleagues were helping and/or who were using food banks, which raised my awareness of hardship amongst our profession.”

Support for #TeamSCFT snowballed online, and they quickly overtook other fundraising teams to take the number two spot on the challenge’s leaderboard.

Tracy was overwhelmed by the response:

“We have been blown away by everyone’s generosity. We certainly tried to not let the weather on Saturday dampen our determination, but I must say the last two kilometres seemed the longest and wettest. Our trainers were waterlogged and all our layers of clothing were sodden, but we were still laughing and smiling.

“#TeamSCFT will live on and re-emerge, hopefully for the Brighton 10k. Watch this space!”

The team have raised an astounding £2,132 so far, and would like to thank everyone for their donations and messages of support. Check out their fundraising page: www.10kfornursesandmidwives.org/teamscft.