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RCN members and staff walk to raise money for the RCN Foundation charity

As part of the RCN's celebrations in its centenary year, members and staff are undertaking our biggest health and wellbeing event to date. Over the course of six months, staff, plus friends, families, members and stakeholders will carry a replica Florence Nightingale lantern to every RCN office location while raising money for RCN Foundation.

Participants, over the course of six months, walk 1,500 miles in relay, living and breathing the RCN motto Tradimus Lampada – We Carry the Torch.

Beginning on Monday 4 April and finishing at the end of September, the torch will visit the following RCN office locations in this order. START: Exeter, Ty Maeth, Cardiff Gate, Newbury, Croydon, Cavendish Square, Bury St Edmunds, Nottingham, Birmingham, North Wales, Bolton, Leeds, Sunderland, Edinburgh, Glasgow, FINISH: Belfast (via ferry).  That’s an incredible 1,500 miles!

Each route is broken down into stages averaging between 10 and 12 miles (16 – 19km). RCN staff working for the South East region based in the RCN Newbury and Croydon offices, who support members in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, IOW, Channel Islands, Surrey, Sussex and Kent will start the walk on Wednesday 11 May from the RCN Newbury office on Hambridge Lane.  They will walk in teams of three or more, approximately 120 miles in 12 stages to the Croydon Office following some of the most beautiful footpaths in the region including the Kennet and Avon canal, Thames Path and London Loop before handing over the lantern to colleagues from London.

Staff undertaking the mammoth walk are raising money for the RCN Foundation, an independent charity supporting the nursing community to improve the health and wellbeing of the public.  The RCN Foundation awards bursaries and scholarships, provides hardship funding to nurses as well as project grants for a range of health-related initiatives.  Anyone can donate to the RCN Foundation at www.justgiving.com/RCNFoundation.

Patricia Marquis, RCN South East Regional Director, said:

“The South East RCN team has watched colleagues in Wales and the South West complete their legs and we are now looking forward to picking up the lantern and undertaking the challenge ourselves.”