NHS workers have raised more than £5,000 to help support anti-knife crime and end of life care initiatives.
Staff from Liverpool University Hospitals Foundation Trust were sponsored to take part in activities overseen by Cheshire-based Spartan Survival .
And the fundraising helped generate funds which will now provide lifeline support to thousands of people across the North West and beyond.
During a two-day event participants were pushed to their limits as they embarked on intense outdoor survival training at Spartan’s base in Cholmondeley Woods.
Those taking part endured all the elements as they camped out in the wild, constructed their own shelter and learnt to fend for themselves.
The two day event – on May 14 and 15 – saw the team achieve the funds needed for the two initiatives and it also provided a bonding experience for NHS colleagues.
Commenting on the event, Ian Huntington, co-founder of Spartan Survival and its Chief Instructor, said: “I want to say a huge well done to everyone who took part.
“Both of these organisations are making huge differences in so many lives and we hope the £5,000 raised can truly help them to continue their important work.
Fiona Murphy, Director of Nursing at Liverpool University NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We had a fantastic weekend and we are over the moon with the sponsorship we raised. Thank you to everyone who donated, it really will make a huge difference to the end of life care we provide across our Liverpool University Hospitals. And we’re already looking forward to our next challenge.”
The Swan Model is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year after initially being developed at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in 2012. It has now been deployed across nearly 50 Care Organisations throughout the UK helping tens of thousands of people nationwide each year. It is resident and family focussed centres aim to meet the unique needs of each individual and their loved ones at a difficult time.
KnifeSavers is an initiative founded by one of the Trust’s specialist Trauma Consultants, and supported by Liverpool University Hospital’s Foundation Trust. The project is run in conjunction with victims of knife trauma and their families and aims to empower and educate people to deal with bleeding caused by knife injuries. In doing this, it hopes to help to improve chances of life and survival rates. The Knifesavers initiative educates through their Bleed Control Kits, education programme and also their unique step-by-step app.