Why take part in Nurses’ Steps?

The challenge, which was new to St Barnabas House in 2021 is open to anyone, of all ages and abilities. Last year, 50-year-old Nicola took part in the challenge for St Barnabas House.

Nicola’s story

“I wanted to fundraise for St Barnabas House, but I didn’t want to jump out of a plane or run a marathon, so Nurses’ Steps was the perfect for challenge for me,” said Nicola. “The challenge helped keep me active and got me outside everyday – even in the rain!”

During February, Nicola walked an incredible 465,044 steps in total, raising over £400 for St Barnabas House, the hospice who cared for her Dad, Chris, when he died in 2017.

“I lost my Mum when I was 15, so my dad was my rock, my hero. He brought me and my sister up on his own and he was such a special man,” said Nicola. In 2017, Chris was diagnosed with lung cancer, and his health started to rapidly deteriorate.

Nicola walking for Nurse's Steps

“In October 2017, Dad was admitted into the In-Patient Unit at St Barnabas House. The care that he received was just amazing, and we are so grateful for everything they have done. We visited him in his private room every day and the team would support us as well. They were always asking how we were and how we were dealing with everything that was going on.”

On 2 November 2017, Chris sadly passed away at St Barnabas House at the age of 78.

Explaining why she wanted to take on the Nurses’ Steps challenge, Nicola said: “I wanted to fundraise for St Barnabas House to say thank you and give something back for everything they did for our family in 2017.”

Home photo of dad and daughters

Speaking about the challenge, Georgie Packer at St Barnabas House and Chestnut Tree House, said “We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in Nurses’ Steps. We receive very little government funding, so hospice care is only possible because of people like you. The money raised will make a big difference, thank you!”