Braving The Elements - The Directory Group

Braving the elements

Queen Alexandra Hospital staff and supporters braved the elements in a bid to boost funds towards helping patients from across the community.

The team of 40 from the Department of Rheumatology at the Cosham hospital, joined by kind supporters, took part in their fifth annual sponsored pier to pier walk and Easter egg treasure hunt in aid of the department.

Colin Beevor, matron for the Department of Rheumatology said: “Money raised from this event allows us to fund new programmes of patient education and exercise/activity classes. Although the numbers were lower this year, we all had great fun!”

Claire Jeffries, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy manager, commented: “It’s important to remember that when you have arthritis and stiffness pain, exercise can be difficult, but walking is free and may be a good exercise option for you. It helps build strength, maintains joint flexibility, aids in bone health and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.”

The event was supported by staff, patients and their families as well as members from local groups of the National Osteoporosis Society, Partners /Friends Through Pain and the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society.

Portsmouth Hospitals Charity aims to support the patients of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust by improving existing facilities and by providing additional equipment, supporting research programmes and innovation in the development of services and education to both patients and staff.

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