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Bromley nurse to run 33 miles to raise awareness and funding for Mottingham Leg Club

PUBLISHED: 09:00 27 August 2018

Mottingham Leg Club members. Picture: Annabelle Barton

Mottingham Leg Club members. Picture: Annabelle Barton

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To commemorate the sixth birthday of Mottingham Leg Club next month, NHS leg ulcer nurse Frank Hall will be taking on a personal challenge to run the distance of 33 miles between Brentwood Leg Club, the Department of Health, Westminster and Mottingham Leg Club.

Frank Hall will be taking on a personal challenge to run the distance of 33 miles. Picture: Annabelle BartonFrank Hall will be taking on a personal challenge to run the distance of 33 miles. Picture: Annabelle Barton

Frank will be met at the Department of Health by Lord O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Dr Ruth May, NHS Executive Director of Nursing.

This is the sixth consecutive year Frank has challenged himself to undertake a long distance run to promote the leg club.

He has been inspired to take on these personal challenges having witnessed the commitment and support that the club has received from its members, volunteers and nurses.

This year, through his running, Frank aims to promote a national leg ulcer service and more leg clubs to facilitate its delivery.

The clubs provide community-based treatment, health promotion, education and ongoing care to people of all ages who are experiencing lower leg problems.

“Bromley Healthcare’s commitment to advancing excellent leg ulcer treatment through the leg club social model of care is really transforming our members’ lives,” said Frank.

“I hope through undertaking this challenge we can raise awareness of the need for holistic leg ulcer care nationwide as well raising funds for Mottingham Leg Club.”

The clubs are based on Ellie Lindsay’s award-winning leg club model of care, which encourages patients to take an active interest in their treatment.

With the help of volunteers, the clubs provide a friendly, welcoming atmosphere where members with lower leg problems can share experiences, offer peer support and have fun together.

For many this is their one outing of the week and helps to reduce the social isolation often associated with leg ulcers.

Setting off at 7.30am from Brentwood Leg Club in Essex, Frank will be supported by his two sons, David and Jonathan, as well as former Lindsay Leg Club Foundation chair Marc Courtney.

Frank will then run to the Department of Health to promote the concept of a national leg ulcer service to Lord O’Shaughnessy, and Dr Ruth May.

Finally, he aims to arrive in Mottingham at the Evangelical Church Hall on Court Farm Road at approximately 3pm in time for the Club’s weekly meeting and to cut the birthday cake.

Ellie Lindsay said: “Frank’s dedication and commitment, both as a nurse and as a fundraiser, to Mottingham Leg Club and the leg club model of care is tremendous.

“Everyone at the Foundation wishes him every success in his latest epic endeavour.”

Frank can be sponsored for the event at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/mottinghambromleylegclub1.

Mottingham Leg Club is held at Court Farm Evangelical Church Hall every Wednesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

For more information visit http://www.bromleyhealthcare.org.uk/find-a-service/the-leg-club.

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