NHS staff pitch in to raise more than £1,000 for Sport Relief

NHS staff have helped to raise more than £1,000 for Sport Relief after hitting their target of 2020 laps of the Bloomfield Road pitch in 24 hours.

Staff based in offices at Blackpool FC were joined throughout the 24 hours by people from the football club and its community trust, including former England international David Dunn and Seasiders mascot the Bloomfield Bear.

The challenge ran from noon on Thursday to noon Friday and saw more than 100 people take part.

Amanda Lomas, a commissioner at the Fylde Coast CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups), walked for the full 24 hours, clocking 236 laps herself out of a total of 2,026.

She said: “It was a tremendous effort from so many people within the Fylde Coast NHS and at Blackpool Football Club and I would like to thank everyone who took part.

“We had some lovely weather throughout the two days and while the night was very cold, we had a lot of laughs and I think those who came down had a lot of fun.

“We had donations from all over, including members of the public, and we are so very grateful for all the support we have received.”

Dr Ben Butler-Reid, a Blackpool GP and clinical director for the Fylde Coast CCGs, said: “What a fantastic achievement in the end to smash those 2,020 laps. Well done to all involved.

“I’d like to pay a special tribute to Amanda Lomas who came up with the idea for the challenge and saw it through in style.”

Sport Relief, which was broadcast on Friday night, has so far raised more than £40million.

Donations can still be made by visiting www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/donate