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Misterton women putting their best foot forward for charity

District Councillor Hazel Brand (right) pictured with Nicola Needham.
District Councillor Hazel Brand (right) pictured with Nicola Needham.

Two Misterton women are pulling on their walking boots and putting their best foot forward to complete sponsored walks for charity.

District Councillor Hazel Brand is walking the length of Hadrian’s Wall in August and Nicola Needham is tackling a 13-mile trek in the Peak District in September. They are hoping to raise £700 between them.

Both are raising funds for Joel – the Complete Package, which is a local charity dedicated to supporting families trying to conceive, through pregnancy and parenting after experiencing the loss of a baby. A particular initiative is to raise £35,000 to refurbish a birth room at Bassetlaw Hospital suitable for those who have lost a baby - so that they don’t have to suffer the additional trauma of being in a labour ward where other babies are being born.

The room will be comfortable and relaxed, allowing families to spend precious time with their baby/babies. The charity offers peer support and shared experiences in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

Hazel explained: ”It was Nicola that first introduced me to this charity as she had personal experience of losing not one but two babies. As I had worked at Bassetlaw Hospital before retirement, and it is the hospital local to where I live, I thought this was a wonderful cause to support and encourage me during the 84-mile walk from coast-to-coast along Hadrian’s Wall.

“I’m also a Governor of the Trust, elected by Bassetlaw members, so this is a chance to do something practical to support them and the Trust.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Hazel can do so online at: www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/Hazels-Hadrians-Wall-Walk

Nicola added: “I am doing a 13-mile Trekfest 2015 in six hours in September. The money I raise will go to Joel the Complete Package, and I’m doing this in memory of the two babies I miscarried but also in celebration of our two beautiful daughters, Megan and Rosie. Without the support from this charity, I am not sure how I would have got through my pregnancy carrying Rosie. I am also doing this for a few friends that have had babies born ‘sleeping’.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Nicola can do so online at: www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/joel13miles