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2003-05-29 21:42:59
Nurses in the wood

Daring staff from Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will be bracing themselves for some hair-raising antics in the jungle to raise money for charity.

An army of almost 60 Trust employees are preparing themselves for a challenging experience - a trip to Grizedale Forest on Sunday, July 6th, where they will be put through their paces when they take part in an aerial assault course.

Although it won't be quite as bad as the 'I'm a celebrity, get me out of here' antics, which involved insect eating and swimming with crocodiles, the course is certainly not for the nervous or fainthearted!

For some who are going along, it will be a chance for them to face their worst fears, with activities such as climbing heights and crossing wooden bridges in mid-air!

Jane Murray, Vascular Technologist for the Trust, heard about the aerial assault course through a colleague and decided to go for it to raise money for the Trust's new Women's and Children's Centre.

The mother-of-three said: "I don't like heights or anything that wobbles and although it seems ridiculous, I don't even like walking across bridges, the thought terrifies me! So when I heard about the course I decided to conquer my worst fears and just go for it! I'm going to have to wear blinkers just to stop me looking down."

The 35-year-old's husband and two girls think she is "bonkers" for taking part, but her son is begging her to let him have a go, so she may do it again next year - if this year's course doesn't scar her for life!

Jane, who has worked within the Trust for 14 years, said: "I keep thinking to myself, 'what have I done?' But so many of my colleagues have decided to join me that there is no way I can back out now."

Jane will be joined by a whole cross-section of health care professionals within the Trust, including managers, nurses, therapists, surgeons and personnel: Children as young as 10 will also be taking part with their parents.

To sponsor Jane and her colleagues, please contact her on 01704 704040.

Article submitted by N. Williams, Healthstart
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