Trust staff flip it out for Brighter Futures at annual GWH pancake race

Posted: February 5, 2016

Pancake Day - Tuesday 9 February

You batter believe it, Pancake Day has creped up on us yet again and that can only mean one thing - the return of the Great Western Hospital's famous pancake race.
 
Taking place on Tuesday 9 February, teams will toss their way through a series of relay races, with the slowest flippers being elemonated at the end of each round.
 
The last two teams will then go head-to-head in a bid to be crowned the 2016 pancake race champions.
 
Money from this year's event will go towards supporting Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal, which is currently raising £2.9million to equip a dedicated radiotherapy unit, to be built on site at GWH.
 
Currently, cancer patients from Swindon and Wiltshire are forced to endure a gruelling 70 mile roundtrip to the nearest radiotherapy centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford to receive the lifesaving treatment.
 
Chloe Thomas, Community and Events Fundraiser, said: "The pancake race has become a regular fixture in our fundraising calendar, as staff are always so keen to get behind us and raise money for a fantastic cause.
 
"It's such a fun way to support our appeal and I would encourage as many people as possible to hold their own race either at home, school or work.
 
"Every penny taken during our pancake race will go directly towards shortening the cancer journey for the 700 people every year from Swindon and Wiltshire who have to journey to Oxford for the treatment they need to stay alive."
 
Last year saw 10 teams of four battle it out for the coveted pancake race champion title, with the Flippin' Batters, a team made up of the Trust's senior nurses, taking the top spot.
 
Speaking at last year's event, Hilary Walker, Chief Nurse, said: "It might have been cold but we didn't notice it. We were just so pleased to support this good cause."
 
Head to the official Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Facebook page on Tuesday evening to see all the photos from the pancake race. 

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