The department raised a fantastic £1,873.50, but their success didn’t end there. Each year, teams from various departments around the Trust enter the Staff Challenge Cup, which is awarded to the team with the best average finishing time (calculated on the best five finishing times each team). This year, the Imaging Department entered two teams; ‘Team Gals’ and ‘Team Guys’, with the latter beating off competition from other entries across the Trust to claim this year’s crown.
Andy Taylor, Diagnostic Radiographer and team captain for ‘Champ Guys’, said, “I am so, so chuffed, not only for winning the Challenge Cup, but for what we’ve done as a team raising so much money for BCW is amazing.
“It was a great atmosphere because we weren’t really running for ourselves; we were running for a great cause and our good friend who is going through Bowel Cancer at the moment. He was chuffed we were all doing it under the name of BCW and we couldn’t think of any way better to raise money in his name – it was a great team effort and a brilliant experience to do it together as a team.”
He added, “We are obviously delighted to raise £1,873.50 and we are indebted to the lots of people who supported us. We are aiming to support BCW in the future through doing more of these types of events in our new found competitive spirit - and what better way than to try and defend the trophy next year.”
Mark Coleman, Colorectal Surgeon and Chairman and Founder of BCW, was also full of praise for the effort of the runners, “We are extremely grateful to the Imaging Department for their fantastic effort in raising such a large amount for our cause”, he said.
“Too many people are affected by bowel cancer and funds raised will help us push our awareness message to ensure early diagnosis, and support our aims to fund research and training for medical staff who diagnose and treat patients in the South West.”
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