Team JTH get fit for 2015

Katie Roberts (front right) and colleagues at John Taylor Hospice

Katie Roberts (front right) and colleagues at John Taylor Hospice

John Taylor Hospice in Birmingham has signed up more than 100 fundraisers – including around 30 of the hospice’s own staff – to several different fundraising challenges in 2015.

Supporters of the hospice will be jumping, running, cycling and even keeping silent in a bid to raise funds.

“There’s a real buzz around #teamjth at the moment, with more people joining every week,” said Liz Wood, community investment ambassador. “May’s skydive day was so popular that we’ve booked another day at the airfield for June 6. It’s very much a case of the more the merrier, so we’re urging people to get in touch.”

Housekeeper at the hospice, Amanda Phelan, recently completed a sponsored silence to raise funds for John Taylor Hospice.

“We’re appealing for more people to follow her lead and join #teamjth,” continued Liz.

“If you’re free on April 11 there are still a few places left for the Wolf Run, as well as for this year’s Ben Nevis trek on June 19 to 21. In August we’ve got teams entering the Color Run and a coast-to-coast cycle, followed by the Great Birmingham Run in October. We’re also supporting a number of sponsored silences on a rolling basis – so there’s always something going on.”

Donning her running shoes and taking part in the colour extravaganza that is the Color Run is hospice sister Katie Roberts.

She said: “The idea behind the Color Run is that people can just have some fun without taking the race too seriously. You’re fine to walk it, if you like. A lot of people dance along as they go – it’s quite a party atmosphere.”

Katie will face the 5k route with her colleagues from the hospice’s In-Patient Unit team.

“We’ll just make our way around the course at our own pace – while getting covered in bursts of powdered paint,” said Katie. “It’s all in the name of John Taylor Hospice and I can’t think of a more fun way to raise funds.”

The 15 strong team hopes to raise at least £1,000 between them. John Taylor Hospice is encouraging people to contact their Community Investment Crew to discuss how they can take part in the event which takes place at the NEC on August 15.

Also running in 2015 will be Cathy Ackroyd, Pip Zvinis and Beth Robinson, part of the JTH Community Palliative Care Team, who are taking part in April’s Wolf Run.

Leading by example, John Taylor Hospice CEO Kate Phipps will be taking part in a sponsored skydive along with Steve Davison, Jed Jerwood, Elaine Harrison, and Angela Dearn who work across various teams within clinical operations.

Kate said: “The generosity and kindness of local people is so inspiring. Year after year, friends, families and supporters of the hospice take part in a number of challenges. Their hard work makes the work we do possible and enables us to make every moment matter.

“Inspired by Connect – one of the companies whose staff support us – who achieved this feat in 2014, I have set at target to raise £14,000. That will fund John Taylor Hospice for one day.

“I will be dropping 120ft a second by skydiving, but first I must drop 3lbs a week to meet the height/weight requirements to jump.”

“The best way I know of saying thank you to all our supporters and our staff is by taking part myself.”
Visit www.johntaylorhospice.org.uk to find out more about #teamjth and how you can get involved.