A team of St George’s Hospital staff took part in the Women’s 5k Challenge in Hyde Park on Sunday to raise funds for St George’s.

Nine ladies formed the St George’s team, having trained together over the past few weeks. Weather conditions were good, with overcast skies and a cool breeze as the Run started. And as the last runners completed the course, the clouds passed and the sun shone!

Funds raised by six of the runners will go towards the refurbishment of the breastfeeding room on Gwillim Ward. Breastfeeding in the first few days of their baby’s life is an important and often anxious time for mothers. Privacy and a relaxed, comfortable environment are a top priority in learning how to do this. Gwillim Ward provides a separate breastfeeding room away from the ward, in which new mothers can learn to feed their babies away from disturbance (particularly at night), in a more private relaxed area. The refurbishment will provide additional sofas, a water dispenser, TV/DVD players to demonstrate feeding techniques and the whole area will be given a new coat of paint!

The ladies running team has raised in excess of 1000 pounds. Together with proceeds from the Crazeefass Gig that took place in Colliers Wood on Friday night, the refurbishment is all set to go ahead.

Notes to editors

  1. For more information, please call Liz Woods, Head of Fundraising and Charitable Communications at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on 020 8725 4522 or e-mail liz.woods@stgeorges.nhs.uk.