Nursing lecturer swaps walking the wards for the Great North Run

Date 4.09.2017

A University of Northampton nursing lecturer will swap walking the wards for a grueling charity run this weekend as he laces up his trainers for charity.

John Turnbull, Senior Lecturer Learning Disability Nursing, will be taking part in the Great North Run, starting at 10.40am on Sunday 10th September.

Along for the trek, organised to help raise funds for Cavell Nurses’ Trust, will be one of his students, Jess Jennings-Bland.

John and Jess aim to complete the 13.1 mile course, taking in sights such as the iconic Tyne Bridge right out towards the coast in South Shields, in 2 hours 20 minutes.

John, who has worked at the University of Northampton since 2015, said: “We are staunch supporters of Cavell Nurses’ Trust for all of their great work helping fellow nurse professionals in need. Although it’s a tricky course I always look forward to the run…mostly completing it…and hope people can show their support for mine and Jess’s efforts by giving generously.”

Victoria Lewis, Community Fundraising Manager, at Cavell Nurses’ Trust added: “We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of the University of Northampton. The nursing staff and students we have met are so positive and inspiring, and they are truly committed to making a difference to the lives of nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in the UK. Good luck to the amazing John and Jess for Sunday!”

University of Northampton Nurses are known to dig deep for Cavell. At a recent ‘end of course’ celebration, a raffle raised £596.10.

New students are just as generous; our latest cohort of nurse students gave £100.00 to Cavell during a recent induction event to welcome them to their respective course.

For those interested in following John and Jess’ progress, look out for their respective run numbers 33961 and 881.

Donations can be made at John’s Justgiving page.

For more information about the work of Cavell Nurses’ Trust.