District nurses are Born Survivors

A group of nurses standing outside a buiding waving running shoes in the air

Nurses and therapists with their running shoes

District nurses are preparing to scale 10ft vertical walls and slither down 100ft water slides to help raise funds for a dementia research charity.

The team members are set to tackle 34 army-inspired obstacles on an eight-mile course as part of the Born Survivor challenge at Lowther Castle near Penrith on April 9 in aid of Defying Dementia.

As well as doing their jobs, the team mates are training by lugging tyres above their heads and training in the gym.

The team is based at the Queen Victoria Centre in Morecambe and works for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, covering an area from Overton to Bolton-le-Sands.

Anna Nelson, 32, from Bolton-le-Sands, said the team decided to do the challenge for Defying Dementia as they work closely with patients with the condition.

She explained: “We are dealing with dementia all the time.

“Some of us have lost grandparents to dementia. It’s something that is very personal to us.”

Anna said everyone in the team is looking forward to the challenge: “District nurses, school nurses and support workers are all taking part,” she said.

“Defying Dementia is based at Lancaster University and we want to raise more than £1,000 for the charity.

“We’re quite a sociable team – we do a lot together out of work.

“We go training every Thursday night at Endure Fitness in Carnforth. We do the Function Fitness class which includes flipping tractor tyres, scaling walls and hanging from monkey bars.”

Jennifer de Lacy-Perkins, 39, a district nurse from Morecambe, said: “It has brought us all together. We keep each other going. It will be fun.

“On the day it will be all about teamwork.”

To sponsor the team go to the Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/thebaysurvivors?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_content=thebaysurvivors&utm_campaign=pfp-share-mobile

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