Staff from Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust are taking part in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k on Sunday, May 26, as part of #TeamBWC.
To help promote staff health and wellbeing, this is the first time healthcare workers across Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust are coming together as one united team to walk, jog or run the Great Birmingham 10k.
For the first time participants will be able to walk or run alongside the expert doctors and nurses at the two hospitals who deliver world-class care every day.
The initiative has been led by Alex Borg, Interim Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, who will be taking part in the event alongside his colleagues.
“My usual exercise is playing football once or twice a week, so this is going to be a couch to 10k challenge for me!” joked Alex.
“I'm really looking forward to walking side-by-side with my colleagues and some of our families, knowing I'm doing my bit for our children, young people, women and families as well as getting the usual mental and physical benefits from exercising!
“I've worked here for a number of years now and I've seen first-hand the significant difference fundraisers like this make, so please get involved and join the Women's and Children's team.”
This year's Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k is a Bank Holiday Weekend celebration of Birmingham as it takes in some of the most iconic landmarks in the city centre; among them the Rotunda, New Street Apple Store and Bullring Bull.
Hundreds of participants are expected to walk the 10k as its Walking Wave grows in popularity.
Serena Daw, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women's and Children's Hospital's Charity, said: “The Great Birmingham 10k is one of our favourite events of the year and we're really excited to be uniting our two fantastic charity teams as #TeamBWC.
“Not only is the 10k a great way to improve your health and well-being, but it's also the perfect opportunity to say thank you to our amazing doctors and nurses who care for thousands of patients from across Birmingham and the West Midlands every year.
“So, whether you're a runner, jogger, walker, wheelchair user or just want to give yourself a challenge, please join us as we come together to fly the #TeamBWC flag with pride.”
David Hart, Partnerships Director for the Great Run Company, organisers of the annual 10k, said: “The involvement of #TeamBWC in the event will be a fantastic addition and it will be quite a sight as they run, jog or walk through the city in their specially designed red and purple T-shirts.
“Mental and physical well-being is so vitally important and this will be a great example of the NHS being seen to practice what they preach.”
Anyone who enters the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10k will receive £10 off their entry fee for the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run half marathon, which takes place on Sunday, October 13, 2019, or vice versa.
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Find out more about #TeamBWC at bch.org.uk/event/teambwc