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Vascular teams raise £2,000 for charity

Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2013
Whitehaven vascular fundraising walk

Vascular staff, patients and supporters on their sponsored walk at Whitehaven harbour

Vascular teams from West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary raised almost £2,000 for the Circulation Foundation with a series of events to mark Vascular Disease Awareness Week last month.

Staff, patients and supporters of West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven raised £1,282.40 with a sponsored walk along Whitehaven Harbour, two coffee mornings in the department and an afternoon tea event at The Oddfellows Arms in St Bees. Sharon Hailes, Vascular Nurse Practitioner, said: “We had a really good week. We had 16 people attend the walk and the afternoon tea was also well attended. I would also like to thank our supporters for their help and all contributions to the fundraising.”

The amount raised at the afternoon tea – £425 – was matched by Barclays Bank as the organiser, a relative of a vascular patient and supporter of the service, is a Barclays employee.

And the vascular team from Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary raised £220 with a sponsored walk around the city’s Bitts Park, attended by 27 walkers and the Mayor of Carlisle, David Wilson. Lesley Robinson, Vascular Nurse Practitioner at the Cumberland Infirmary, said: “Despite the cold and rain we were in good spirits after serving up homemade buns and coffee courtesy of Jane Todhunter, Vascular Nurse Practitioner.

“Participants included nurses both working and retired, two consultant vascular surgeons, one retired vascular surgeon and his GP wife, and family and friends. Goody bags very kindly supplied by Lee Howard of Medi UK were given to every walker.”

Vascular disease is the collective term for diseases of the veins and arteries, which can affect every part of the body to which blood flows. It is as common as cancer and heart disease and accounts for 40% of deaths in the UK, many of which are preventable.

The theme of this year’s Vascular Disease Awareness Week, organised by the Circulation Foundation, was ‘Love your legs, save your heart’ – a reference to peripheral arterial disease. Around 20% of people over 60 have some degree of peripheral arterial disease, a condition that affects the blood supply to the legs, can make walking painful and leads to death by stroke or heart attack in 75% of cases.

The Circulation Foundation, the UK’s only charity dedicated to vascular disease, supports patients by providing information leaflets free of charge and online help.