Selfless nurse raises money to support colleagues

A selfless QE nurse went out of her way to support the mental health and wellbeing of her colleagues – and ran more than a marathon in one day to raise money for outdoor activities for staff.

Staff nurse Fior Sayer, who works in the emergency assessment and short stay units, saw the toll that working during a pandemic had taken on her fellow healthcare workers – and decided to do something about it.

She raised money to fund a series of wellbeing days, where nurses and doctors from those departments could unwind and get away from the pressures of COVID.

Fior explains: “The most recent wave of COVID had been the toughest for the people I work with on EAU and short stay – and I wanted to raise some money so that I could organise something for their mental health and wellbeing.

“I know how much the outdoors benefits me and I wanted to share that– it’s been such a tough year that I felt staff needed time away from work, a break away from COVID, so that their teams can be stronger and they get know each other and the people behind the masks and the aprons.

“I like long distance running so I decided to run from where I live in Lobley Hill to the coast, a total of 28 miles in all, to help raise money.”

Fior’s fundraising paid for the teams to go on a paddleboarding session, followed by a walk in the Lake District with outdoor adventure company Alexander Adventures. The team described the adventures as “incredible” and welcomed the chance to be together, away from the pressures of work.

If you’d like to donate to Fior, take a look at her JustGiving page.