Nurse to walk 74 miles to celebrate #NHS70

A FYLDE coast nurse will be walking the Cumbria Way to raise money for hospital patients.

Julie Sherwood, a Discharge Coordinator at the Trust, will be completing a 74 miles sponsored walk in the picturesque Lake District with her husband, Malcolm, in aid of the Trust charity, Blue Skies Hospitals Fund.

She is hoping to complete the challenge over four-and-a-half days and raise £500 for the charity. This will be her gift to the NHS that’s celebrating its 70th birthday this year.

Julie said: “I’m so proud of our NHS. I wanted to celebrate the fantastic, life enhancing work that our committed staff do every single day.”

Julie has been a nurse for 30 years, 19 of which she has spent at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

She has seen the NHS evolve over the years.

She said: “There has been incredible medical advancements over the years. For example, where it took weeks to recover after a surgery a few years ago it is now often a day case procedure.

“People have access to top healthcare, and are living longer. It’s making such a huge difference to patients’ lives.”

Julie who is not new to charity sporting events, is determined that the money raised through her walk will help to enhance patient care at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.

Kila Redfearn, Head of Fundraising for Blue Skies Hospitals Fund, said: “This is such an amazing way to celebrate the NHS’ big 70th birthday.

“We wish Julie and her husband all the best.”

If you would like to find out how you can support the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund Charity please contact us on 01253 957904 or email

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