Hospital fun for Olympic Torch arrival

STAFF at Barnsley Hospital will be celebrating the Olympic Torch arriving in the UK with their very own sporting challenge.

The event, on Friday, May 18, will see staff from ward 19 split into three teams competing in traditional sports day type challenges all rolled into one race.

The hospital’s Chairman will blow the starting whistle for the race which includes hurdles, egg and spoon, sack race, ladder, hoola hoops, bean bags, dribbling balls round cones and culminates in a mass run to the finishing line.

Vicky Faxon - Wastnage, lead nurse for ward 19, said: “The ward staff and I are always looking for new ideas for fundraising and the Olympics provide a great platform for it. It will be a good team challenge and will also create a little healthy competition on the ward.

“It would be great to see people coming to support us on the day and maybe even putting some of their change in one of our buckets.”

The race will take place at 1.30pm outside the main reception area of the hospital.

Money raised will go to ward 19.

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