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Fundraiser in the Spotlight - Danielle Whitton

Date: 12 July 2022

Danielle Whitton is a Practice Development Nurse (PDN) for the Community Nursing Team West.

Since joining the service in February, Dannii has successfully secured funds from Sussex Community NHS Charity for a staff wellbeing initiative to provide a ‘travelling wellbeing brew kit’ for hardworking staff attending PDN training sessions.

But that’s not all…Dannii, and other members of the PDN team, will be taking part in the Chichester Inflatable 5K to raise funds for our charity!

We caught up with Dannii for a chat about the challenge and wellbeing initiative.

Why have you decided to take part in a challenge event to raise funds for our charity?

“The welfare of staff is incredibly important to me. I am aware that most charities are non-profit and rely on members of the public to support them, so that they to support others. Therefore, once kindness has started it’s contagious. I hope this will encourage others to do the same.”

What training are you doing to get ready?

“I’m currently prepping for 50 miles in July, running in support of Maggie’s Centres, who provide support to those living with cancer and their families - so my legs will be well and truly in the game for the inflatable challenge in August!”

What are you most looking forward to on the day?

“It didn’t take much persuasion to get the rest of the Community PDN team in the West on board with entering the challenge, so I’m looking forward to the team building aspect of the day and just having some well-deserved fun with my colleagues in aid of a good cause.”

How has the charity benefitted you as a member of SCFT staff?

“It’s gone above and beyond, behind the scenes to make important initiatives close to my heart come to fruition, so much so I’ve spread the word across teams.”

You have led a charity funded project to help the PDN team, why is it important to help this service?

“I see the huge amount of effort that goes into organising training days that are wholly supplemented by the PDNs carrying out the training. To provide refreshments has at times been very costly. A mental wellbeing space for staff to feel open to speak to us over a cuppa and a biscuit has been invaluable as we are often the ‘eyes and ears’ of how staff feel.

“I felt the travelling brew kit drive was not a want, it was very much a need to give staff that space, but also to show a small gesture of appreciation for all the hard work they do.”

Final thoughts?

“Kindness is contagious, you get out what you put in. In supporting Sussex Community NHS Charity you get a sense that you are supporting your colleagues and work friends as the charity contributes so much to staff experience of the service.”

You can visit JustGiving to support Dannii in ‘the world’s largest and best inflatable 5k’. You’ve got this Dannii, go PDN team!

To learn more about the work of Sussex Community NHS Charity, and how you can show your support, visit www.sussexcommunity.nhs.uk/charity