Fernbrae Five go virtual for charity

Five colleagues at BMI Fernbrae Hospital in Dundee, have raised thousands of pounds for the Archie Foundation by taking part in a ‘virtual challenge’ race between John o’Groats to Land’s End.

Archie’s Challenge 2016 involved 176 teams of people competing to walk or run enough steps during September, to cover the distance between the two towns. Each member of each team had to wear a pedometer to track the number of steps taken over the course of the month.

The steps taken by each of the teams and the amount of money raised for the Archie Foundation was converted into miles by the organisers, giving each team a virtual distance reached. 

Although they set their initial fundraising target at £200, the Fernbrae Five - staff from the hospital’s theatre department – were quickly overtaking that target with the help of generous friends and family and by the end of the challenge, they had raised a total of £2312.16. All the money will go towards the building of new children’s operating theatres at Ninewells Hospital.

That total, combined with the 3041.64 miles covered by the team members; Angie Isles, Lorraine Boath, Dave Hume, Lynne McIntosh and Wendy Helm, meant that by the end of the challenge, the Fernbrae Five topped the leader board of all 176 teams.

Wendy Helm, a theatre healthcare assistant at BMI Fernbrae Hospital said: “The challenge was a fantastic experience and the money raised has gone to a very deserving and worth cause. Everyone on the team and all those friends, family and colleagues who donated money for our efforts should be very proud of themselves. I’d like to say a special thank you to Robertson Construction, who gave a whopping £500 to the fundraising.”

Date: 7th November 2016