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Nurse runs Rome marathon to raise money for ward

One of our nurses took on the Rome Marathon to raise money to benefit the children and young people she works with.

Paula Hinds, who only started running four years ago, completed the course to raise money for additional improvements to the lounge area at Poplar Ward at Rochford Hospital.

It was her first in-person marathon, although she has previously run virtual marathons.

The money that Paula raised will be spent on ideas suggested by the young people on the ward, including new games, comics, beanbags, pictures and murals.

She said: “It was tough but the views and weather were just perfect.

“So far I have raised £620 and everyone has been so kind and generous. I was very much looking forward to the Rome Marathon. Training went well, albeit it was hard going.

“I first started running about four years ago and it helped me lose nine stones in weight. It also improved my fitness and mental wellbeing and helped me deal with grief.

“I broke my ankle two years ago and needed surgery. But I was so determined not to let it impact my physical abilities and I'm very grateful that my recovery has been straightforward.”

Poplar Ward provides specialist mental health services children and young people.

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