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Staff lace up boots for urology walkathon

Published 04/06/2018
Staff from Derby Teaching Hospitals are planning a charity walkathon to improve awareness of urological conditions and raise funds to help combat them.

Lead Urology Specialist Nurse Natalie Mart and Clinical Nurse Specialist Amy Goodman will be joining a host of other walkers on the 26 mile trek from the Royal Derby Hospital to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital and back again.

The team are keen to raise awareness of urological conditions, such as difficulty passing urine or blood in the urine, and hope to encourage more people to seek advice from their GP should they present with any abnormal symptoms.

Natalie said: “For a lot of people, these conditions are a normal thing to live with but it’s so important that they seek out advice. People think that, as they get older, it’s normal to have to get up in the night, but this can be an indication of something more serious, so it’s so important that they visit a GP and get themselves checked out.”

Walkers will set off from the Royal Derby Hospital at 8am on Saturday, 16 June, in the lead up to World Continence Week, which takes place from 18-24 June, and aims to increase awareness of incontinence.

Natalie and Amy are also raising money for the Trust’s Urology Department, through Derby Hospitals Charity, with this event not representing the first time they have laced up their boots and put their best foot forward in the name of charity. 

The duo took part in Jeff Stelling’s March for Men last year, which saw them walk a marathon from Durham County Cricket Club to Newcastle’s St James’ Park via football stadiums in Sunderland and Gateshead, and raise more than £3,000 in the process.

Amy said: “This walk just ticks lots of boxes. We had such a good experience last year and it was a really rewarding thing to achieve personally. Most importantly though, it will also raise money and more awareness for the work in our department.”

Natalie echoed Amy’s thoughts and said that taking part in Jeff Stellings March for Men was a momentous personal achievement.

She said: “Last year was a really emotional experience. Although it’s only walking, it does play a lot on your body and isn’t just a walk in the park. It really brought a tear to my eye when I reached the finish line and we’re both so proud to have been involved in something so important.”

The proposed merger between Derby Teaching Hospitals and Burton Hospitals is planned for 1 July and ahead of this date, Amy urged colleagues at Queen’s Hospital to begin the partnership early by getting involved with the walkathon.  

She said: “We hadn’t planned at all to arrange for this to take place just before the merger, but it would be fantastic to get people from both Trusts involved.”

Derby Teaching Hospitals sees around 8,000 new referrals into the urology department every year and nationally, one in eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer - a figure which rises to a quarter in black men.

If you would like to sponsor the walkers, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/urologywalkathon. You can also donate £5 by texting ‘UROW62 £5’ to 70070.§§§

Last Modified 05/06/2018