James Cook staff tackling Total Warrior

Hospital staff are braving mud, fire, ice and electricity at Total Warrior in June to raise vital funds for our charity.

22 colleagues from James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, including several operating department practitioners, a few anaethetists and a junior doctor, are tackling the 12k obstacle course.

Cy Jackson, senior ODP anaesthetics and recovery, said: “I was looking to challenge myself and get fit in 2023, after a unhealthy time during the COVID period, and then had the bright idea to put the idea to my colleagues to see if anyone else would be willing to challenge themselves and have a laugh, thinking everyone will laugh and tell me where to go, but to my surprise there was interest.”

Cy has completed the course twice before but for the rest of the team this is their first time doing it.

He said: “When I showed the team the map of the course and the names of some of the obstacles, the general reactions were horror and sceptical anticipation with a lot of nervous jokes, some I couldn’t possibly repeat.”

The 12k course has 25 obstacles including jumping over fire, plunging into icy cold water and running through electrical wires.

The team are doing the challenge to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), who they regularly see during their shifts.

Cy said: “We have chosen to support GNAAS because of the area we work. We work alongside some of the amazing anaesthetists that work for GNAAS, and we also attend trauma calls within the hospital when the helicopter is bringing in very poorly patients to us.

“So, we see the incredible work they do and know that the service relies a lot on donations, and thought it was the best way we could help and potentially make a little difference.”

The team have already smashed their target of raising £200 for GNAAS, but fi you would like to sponsor them, visit their GoFundMe page.

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