A team of 18 rescuers from Northamptonshire General Hospital dedicated their precious time to raise essential funds for the hospital as they climbed one of the tallest mountains in the UK.
Staff at the Cliftonville site intensive care unit – which have spent the past 18 months treating thousands of critically ill patients during the pandemic – walked 1,085 meters to Mount Snowdon on Sunday October 2.
But the Welsh mountains must have seemed like a pleasant Sunday walk compared to the usual ‘mountain’ they have to climb every day at work.
ITU frontline nurse Amanda Gardner said: “We are a great team working in unison to care for, treat and cure some of the sickest patients in the hospital.
“The unit is very busy, the workload is extreme and intense, but we keep going and we never give up.
“We all work together in some of the most difficult situations, we work long hours, under immense pressure to meet the demands of a vibrant unit. But it is with care and compassion that we give all that we can, we are pushing the boundaries and working around the clock to make things right. “
Most of the work in the intensive care unit has focused on thousands of Covid-19 patients since the pandemic began in March 2020, although more than 700 have sadly died from the virus.
Amada added: “The past 18 months have seen even some of the strongest struggles, with the heartache and the ever-lasting emotional situations we have all endured during this terrible pandemic.
“We have dedicated our lives to our profession and we have exceeded our expectations not only in our own abilities, but also in the abilities of our team. We have worked exhaustively to fight Covid, we have cried with our patients, we have cried together, we have cried alone ……. but through it all the camaraderie has been off the scale, and we are very proud of our team.
“I truly believe that we have learned more than most about the value of love … and loss, from what we have seen.”
Money raised from Sunday’s hike will help improve the well-being and morale of staff and support and improve rehabilitation services for patients.
Amanda added, “There are many ways to improve our morale and our facilities, but it is only with charitable donations that we can do it.
“By working in such a busy and intense environment, we can change various things to not only support our staff, but also our patients, making their experience with us more bearable and patient-centered, but also to rest and reassure our love. Staff.
“We have several ongoing staff wellness projects, whether they are meaningful projects, tips or things to make the staff room more comfortable and relaxing.
“We also aim to rehabilitate our patients, sometimes our patients stay with us for long periods and the four walls of our unit can be draining.”
■ Visit Amanda’s Just Giving page HERE to donate to the Critical Care Team’s Snowdown Hike.