We walked together…right up and over the O2!

After my somewhat success of abseiling last year (never to be repeated) I decided this year to try and keep my feet on the ground, well on some sort of floor at least! It was flying into London City Airport one day, I saw a blue walkway over the O2 and I thought…why not!

I wanted to do something to raise some money and awareness for BVNA’s charity of the year, the Daphne Shipman Benevolent fund. Walking over the O2 was something we could do as a team to show that together, even this can be beaten! So the date was booked, 15 July 2017, and I started to round up a team.

There was ten of us altogether who walked over the O2 and the team included Fiona Andrew, Nimisha Patel, Gary Farmer, Jo Howell, Louise Mayo, Christine Robinson, Breda Murphy, Rebecca Hubbard and Lisa Morgan-Hourd. Donna Lewis was going to come with us but was unable to as she was supporting her mum, Donna was with us in our thoughts as we climbed.

The ten of us met up outside the O2 Basecamp and sat through our briefing with our guide, Suzie. She showed us how to put our harness on (which was not the most comfortable thing) and gave us all some shoes to wear.

Once we were all kitted out we started up the steps and had the obligatory pre-climb photos. The start of the climb was immediately challenging; the springy floor is set at a 28-degree incline so instantly your leg muscles got a workout.

Moving together, laughing and joking kept us all going until we reached the top! We then had some time to take in the views of London and of course some more pictures. Before we headed back down the 30-degree decline, yet another leg work out!

We all made it through, safe and sound and even though some of us have vertigo, some with injuries and some (well, me) just a bit unfit we made it!

The Daphne Shipman Benevolent Fund is BVNA’s own charity where we hold small money in order to help a member who is experiencing financial hardships for whatever reason. It is like a bursary that members can apply in for, the money does not have to be paid back, it is simply to try and help any member who has found themselves in hard times. Every application is carefully considered by its trustees. If you are or know of someone who may require assistance, please contact the BVNA.

Joy Howell who a lot of people know through Bayer was part of team BVNA, she provided me with her personal round-up of the day:

When I heard that the BVNA president Samantha Morgan was organising a fundraising event for The Daphne Shipman Benevolent Fund, which was set up in memory of Daphne a Veterinary Nurse, who sadly lost her fight against cancer in June 1999, I just had to be involved.

I am honoured to have known Daphne and worked for several years with her as a BSAVA Steward right up to April 1999. She was an incredible lady and a true inspiration.

This event also gave me the opportunity to arrange a reunion with my great friends Breda, Louise and Chris.  We all worked together as Vet Nurses back in the 1980s at the Beaumont Animals Hospital RVC in Camden, so it was great to meet up in London.

We were all delighted to support the fund which has been made available to BVNA members with the objective of supporting members, their spouses, relations or dependents who are in need, hardship or distress. Joy Howell RVN Dip AVN (Surgical) C-SQP

In total for this event we raised £300, which will go directly to the fund, however, there is still time to donate or how about you raise money by completing your own challenge? The Daphne Shipman Benevolent Fund can now be found on Just Giving which makes it easy for people to donate and apply Gift Aid.  https://www.justgiving.com/daphneshipman-benevolentfund 

We climbed, we conquered!

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