One of our nursing teams is putting their best feet forward and marching up 3 mountains to raise money for, and awareness of, lung cancer.

Several members of staff on Markham Ward, a ward which deals with respiratory medicine including many cases of lung cancer, will be completing the 3 Peaks Challenge this June to raise money which will be divided between our Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

A team of 12 who have named themselves the ‘Wheezy Walkers! begin their efforts by climbing Ben Nevis in Scotland on 5th June , before travelling to Scarfell Pike and then onto Snowdon where they will end their challenge just 24 hours later. They will also be holding bake sales in the Main Entrance, and Easter Egg hampers to boost funds.

One of the organisers, Dawn Edwards, said:” Lots of us enjoy walking, and we wanted to combine that with fundraising and doing some team bonding. We’d looked at team building days so we decided to book to do the 3 Peaks and raise awareness and money at the same time. We wanted to raise money for both the Roy Castle Foundation which does so much to support patients with lung cancer and their families and also for our own ward through the Hospital Charity.

“Our Matron, Vicky Turner, who is a fantastic leader and friend, lost her dad to lung cancer and is passionate about raising awareness, so we have the added incentive to do this in her Dad’s memory and to honour both him and Vicky.

“We are all different levels of fitness but we are all training. We do training days!”

If anyone would like to support Dawn, Holly, Rehana, Donna, Zoe, Charlotte, Samantha, Sara, Darryl, Angelie, Laura and Corinne please visit