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Step into a nurse's shoes and walk 12,000 steps

Did you know a hospice nurse walks 12,000 steps on an average shift?

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With the daffodils blooming and the days getting longer, it’s time to shake off the winter blues and Step Up to help local people who are seriously ill.


Saint Francis Hospice is calling on the community to step into a nurse’s shoes by taking part in its Step Up campaign and walking 12,000 steps every day during March.


“So much has changed over the past 12 months due to the pandemic and we’ve been caring for more people than ever, but what never changes is the love and care we give to local people - both at the hospice and in the community,” said Ward Sister Debbie Alexander.


“This latest lockdown has been really tough for everyone and the cold weather and short days have kept us indoors for long enough.


“And with the Hospice relying on donations, we’re really hoping our community will get behind our exciting Step Up campaign.


“Every second counts for people under our care so every step our supporters take will make a real difference to someone’s life.”


Over the past year, the charity has cared for more than 1,500 people from Havering, Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Brentwood and West Essex and it has seen demand for its services increase as the Hospice has been on the frontline relieving pressure of other NHS services and patients and families choose to be cared for in their homes.



Photo:  Tracey McGarry

There are so many reasons to Step Up for Saint Francis Hospice. Exercise, enjoying a socially distanced walk with a friend or family member and taking in the fresh air are so good for our wellbeing and mental health. And knowing you have raised funds to help people living with life-limiting illnesses will give you a great feeling of pride and achievement.

“Every day we see many patients and families dealing with their own journey and the pandemic and we can only endeavour to support them as much as possible,” added Tracey McGarry, who is a Senior Nurse on the ward.

“Every shift is different and it is the little things make the biggest difference to our patients.

“It has been hard not being able to give patients and relatives a supportive hug but despite the restrictions, we’ve put in place to keep everyone safe, loved ones have still been able to visit and spend precious time with loved ones and that means so much.

“The pandemic has really made us focus on what is most important in life. Most of us take our health and wellbeing for granted when it isn’t guaranteed and working at the Hospice makes you appreciate your health and independence.”

Take the first step by clicking here to find out how you can get ready to Step Up in March.