Wigan nurses scale Snowdon for children in care

The Wigan nurses who climbed Snowdon
The Wigan nurses who climbed Snowdon

A team of Wigan nurses climbed the highest mountain in Wales and raised £1,500 for children in care in the process.

Specialist Children In Care nurses and admin staff from across the borough scaled Mount Snowdon on Sunday, September 22, raising the four-figure sum to help young people in Wigan’s care system.

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Michelle Nicholls, Steph Meehan, Kelley Hayde, Helen Seddon, Cath Prescott, Sue Jackson, Julia Crompton and Adele Moss were the ambitious group who completed the 3,560ft challenge, which took them around seven hours to complete.

“In Wigan alone there are approximately 600 children that are placed in care,” said Cath.

“These children and young people might be living with foster parents, at home with their parents under the supervision of social services, in residential children’s homes or other residential settings like schools or secure units.”

She added: “It’s critical that children in care are helped to develop strong, trusting and stable relationships with their carers, social workers and other professionals.

“We want better therapeutic care for children and young people, increased stability in placements and a sustained and systematic improvement across the care system.

“As children in care nurses we do not have any budget or funding available to us to purchase even the smallest of items, such as stickers and stress balls.

“We would like to be able to provide these children and young people with some extra provisions and resources to support them and provide them with aids while they are in our care.”

The challenge may be over for the nurses, but you can still donate to the cause by visiting justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cic-team-wigan