In June 45 maternity staff from the Royal Berkshire Hospital will be stepping out of the birth room and into the mountains. Three teams will each be climbing one of the three highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales (Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon) on three consecutive weekends.
Between them, they will be trekking over 25 miles of rough terrain, against unpredictable weather conditions, and will be ascending almost 3,500m – a real test of their physical endurance, mental stamina and above all, teamwork.
They are putting themselves through this ordeal to help families having twins at the Royal Berkshire have the best birth experience possible. Due to the amount of space required for the additional equipment needed, the operating theatre is currently the only practical environment for twin births. So the team is raising money to develop a bespoke, spacious birthing room which is a personal, private and relaxing environment. Other couples with additional needs for their care, such as those having premature babies, will also benefit from this fantastic new space.
To help the team achieve their goal of raising £10,000, people can go to their Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/berks-maternity
Each year a group of Royal Berkshire midwives, doctors and other staff organise and participate in an event to raise funds for improving the experience of families having babies in our service. Previous challenges have been a “Berkshire Born and Bred Calendar” and a cycle ride from Truro to Newcastle 2016 raising £20,000.
The three mountains that form the challenge are the tallest mountains within each representative country: Scafell Pike is the tallest in England; Snowdon, the tallest in Wales and Ben Nevis the tallest in Scotland.
2 May 2018