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100-mile challenge: Six nurses walk length of river for Nene Park Trust

Six nurses from Peterborough District Hospital have raised £600 for Nene Park Trust by walking 100 miles each in one month. 

Peterborough’s Nene Park launched Step into Spring between March 20 and April 20, challenging people to walk or run 100 miles - the length of the River Nene. 

The nurses have raised over £600 for Nene Park, which has been described as an amazing amount which will play a big part in supporting the Trust to maintain green spaces for us all to enjoy. 

The group of six nurses - Lil Feery, Donna Newell, Hayley Braines, Charlotte Raynor, Emma Weeks and Jade Mcgaughey said they had ‘one of the most challenging years of our career.’ 

With all the stress they have experienced during the pandemic, they have called the Nene Park exercise challenge a ‘saviour’ and have used it as an escape for daily exercise whether it’s been with their children, dogs or alone. 

They set up a fundraiser for the Park Trust and have raised £600 by clocking the miles. They also set up a social media account by the name 'Soul Mates' to take their supporters along on their journey by providing regular updates of their daily walks and how many miles have been covered. 

One of the 100-mile champion nurses Lil said: “We took it up as Nene Park was a get away from working on a very busy Covid ward during the pandemic.

"We also wanted to give back to our community and Ferry Meadows is a much-loved park by all, and by raising money towards something local, has fulfilled our want to do something for our community. Being able to be social with one other person during lockdown was a saviour for us. 

“We loved walking rain, or shine, on our own mostly, or in pairs due to restrictions however recently we have managed to walk together as the rule of 6 was put in.” 

People have shared messages on their social media and fundraiser page to say how proud and inspired they are by the ladies. 

Fundraising Officer at the Trust Lucy Thornton, who is looking after the 100-mile challenge, said the nurses have done a great job and the trust is thankful to them for their efforts. 

She added: “It has been wonderful having the nurses take part in our 100-mile walking challenge ‘Step into Spring’, they have done a tremendous job reaching the target whilst also raising money for Nene Park Trust.  

“We are extremely grateful to the group for the donations they have collected, this money will go directly to supporting the work of the Trust – providing green spaces for the local community to enjoy and benefit from, such as Ferry Meadows.  

“We hope the women enjoyed taking part, well done and thank you for all you do for the NHS.”