Pippa Hillen’s MoonWalk to help fight breast cancer

If you haven’t already sponsored Pippa Hillen’s moonwalking, dig deep into your pockets and your hearts to wish her well this weekend as she walking 26 miles to raise money to support the fight against breast cancer. This will be her 7th London Moonwalk and 5th London Full Moon (26.2 miles) walk, but it’s certainly no easy feat!

“Thank you very much to those of you have sponsored me every year. It is greatly appreciated and is so encouraging when training and walking, especially on the last 8 miles of the night! This is a great cause, so please support it if you can.  Any amount you give will be valued and used well” said Pippa who is Deputy Head of School for Practice Learning and Principal Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Brighton.

The event is set up by Walk the Walk.  Walk the Walk came into being 20 years ago when just 13 women ‘Power Walked’ the New York City Marathon in their bras to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. As the UK’s largest grant making charity they work with charities big and small that are involved with breast cancer, this includes supporting research as well as to support those that have cancer now.

Wearing bras is their unique trademark, the girls and, yes, the guys too, all Walk the Walk in decorated bras.  Whilst it is not the normal sight for a Saturday night in London, it is a vision to behold and one that succeeds in not only raising awareness but millions of pounds for them to grant to their benefiting breast cancer causes.

Please help support Pippa, and all the others who are doing the moonwalk this weekend by sending your well wishes and donating to: http://wtwalk.org/moonwalklondon2017/pippa-6

Marian’s 100km night time ride to raise money for Women vs Cancer!

When most will be sleeping, on the night of 27th May 2017, University of Brighton, Academic Lead for Community Health, Marian Willmer, will be cycling 100km to raise money for Women Vs. Cancer!

Marian was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2015 and shortly after had a succession of surgery, chemotherapy and finally radiotherapy in February 2016. Thankfully she is one of the lucky women to have survived cancer and as a result in her desire to give something back, she has decided to raise money for Women vs Cancer.

The Women V Cancer Ride the Night is a joint initiative that supports three amazing charities; Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.

With over 4,000 women taking part, and a target to raise £2 million pounds, the aim of the night is to help raise funds for the three charities, raise awareness and get more women cycling!

To help prepare for the gruelling 100km bike ride, Marian and her biker gal friend are training incredible hard to help raise the money for this fantastic cause!  In Marian’s own words she has said that she is ‘feeling rather nervous about achieving this challenge and needs encouragement through your donations!’.

If you would like to help support Marian and the Women Vs Cancer initiative, please donate today via her justgiving.com page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Bikergals.

 

The midwives’ calling to help expectant mothers in Tanzania

Two University of Brighton student midwives are appealing for funds so they can use their skills to help expectant mothers in Tanzania later this year.

Second year students Amelia Hilsdon and Charlotte Hackett are already providing maternity care to the local community in Hastings and St Leonards and at the Conquest Hospital.

They now plan to work in Tanzania for two weeks in October to provide midwifery care to the community in Arusha city.

Amelia recently told the Hastings and St Leonards Observer: “We will spend time at the city hospital where around thirty babies are born every day. The visit is part of our third year module and is called Midwifery International Elective.”

Both friends are mature students. Amelia said: “We decided to go back into education in 2014, first undertaking an access course at Ore Valley College. We continued on to the University of Brighton to study midwifery and fell in love with this career choice after having our own children.

“We want to be able to give back to our community and to help other women and families at their most vulnerable time.

“It is an amazing job; we are privileged to be welcomed into so many people’s lives. The experience to be gained as a student midwife visiting a country like Tanzania is life changing.

“The trip provides an opportunity to help those in need in a developing country whilst also gaining new skills, learning about the Tanzanian culture and seeing how the hospital utilises the little resources they have available to them.

“Furthermore, we will return to Hastings with new skills and experiences to use in our ever growing multi-cultural community.”

Amelia and Charlotte are taking part in the 5k Brighton Color Obstacle Rush on May 6. They have a GoFundMe page and a blog where they will document their experiences until after they return from their trip.

Visit: https://www.gofundme.com/ace2017 or http://stmwtoafrica.blogspot.co.uk/

For information on University of Brighton midwifery courses, go to: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/courses/index.aspx?keyword=midwifery

The Man with Nothing

Football is helping refugees cope with the misery of camp life in Dunkirk, according to University of Brighton graduate Daniel Mansaray who spent time living with one refugee in his wooden shack.

Daniel has written a blog telling how the refugee Zayran (not his real name) fled his native Iraq after being attacked by terrorists for refusing to become a suicide bomber.

Daniel, who graduated last year with a BA(Hons) in Physiotherapy, wrote: “Refugees have been through unimaginable pain and suffering and activities like football can be used as an outlet for them. Zayran, for example, had little to no interest in football and yet it was evident it had a strong impact on him. Understandably, football will always have its limitations as to how much it can influence someone. But as long as it is having some sort of influence, no matter how big or small then it is invaluable.”

Zayran said: “When I go to football my body and mind feel happy and free. All refugees are sad. Football is like peace. When refugees play football they are happy.”

A short non-fictional story about a refugee that i lived with.

Read Daniel’s account ‘The man with Nothing – Freedom’

Source: The Man with Nothing – Freedom

Midwifery student conference

A one day conference organised and led by midwifery students was held at Falmer on the 22nd July. This very successful day saw a range of speakers and workshops, including BARONESS JULIA CUMBERLEGE speaking about the recent Better Births national report on the future of the maternity services. Continue reading

Inspiring OT graduate – CircusAid project

Inspiring graduate Sophie Thwaites has spent the past few months working on a project called CircusAid, with another couple of occupational therapists based in America. They are raising and collecting funds for an interactive project to address the mental health and loss of occupational roles currently experienced by the refugees in Calais, through providing circus activities that promote resilience, solidarity and hope.  Continue reading

Greece trip to EKO refugee camp

LESLEY WHITE (Senior Lecturer in Acute Clinical Practice) recently used annual leave to work with refuggreece-trip-to-ekoees in North Greece in a military run camp with refugees cleared from a more inclusive and organised EKO camp. The military camps are large disused barns containing rows of tents housing thousands of refugees. Conditions in hot weather can be extremely challenging. Continue reading

Physiotherapy students assist Brighton Marathon runners

On Sunday 17th April, 13 current physiotherapy students, 2 former students who are now qualified physio’s and Colin Paterson (Senior Lecturer) provided massage support to Breast Cancer Care and the MS Society charities for their 280 runnersPhysio students May 2016 at the Brighton Marathon. This was a great opportunity for the physio students to gain experience in this sporting environment under supervision while engaging with the local community and charities.

Green week charity bake sale

The Green Week bake sale hosted by the SHS Sustainability Special Interest Group (SIG) raised a total of £118.54, which will be given to the Hummingbird Project to help with medical care of refugees in Calais. The SIG also helped with the collection of food/toiletries donations for the Brighton Voices in Exile group who help newly arrived refugees in Brighton. Thank you to Heather and Esther, on behalf of Sustainability for School of Health Sciences. I didn’t remember to make a pledge during the Green Week. But all the emails, Facebook and Twitter streams really encouraged me to be more mindful. I already do lots, for example working paperless as much as I can (sometimes a little challenging in meetings) but know I could do more. Your work is reminding and inspiring me.

Professor Paula Kersten, PhD

Head of School of Health Sciences