Physio calls on superheroes to join Team RJAH

Release Date: 09/04/2019

Physio calls on superheroes to join Team RJAH

A Physiotherapist at the county’s specialist orthopaedic hospital is on a mission to persuade adventurous patients, colleagues – and anyone wanting to lend their support – to take part in a daring but fun-filled triathlon challenge.

Amy Wyatt, a Physio who works on the Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, is trying to sign up as many patients, their friends and families as possible, as well her colleagues to participate in the Superhero Tri Challenge, which is taking place this year on Saturday 17 August.

Dubbed as “big, bold and gutsy”, the Superhero Tri is an exciting disability sports event, which takes place in Buckinghamshire. The event is for anyone that considers themselves to have a disability, as well as their friends and family members.

The Superhero Tri is a swim, cycle, and push/run triathlon. There are three missions available, and participants choose which ever they want to do, which include:

  • The Sprint Superhero Tri: 150m swim, 3k cycle, 1k push/run
  • The Half Superhero Tri: 400m swim, 10k cycle, 2.5k push/run
  • The Full Superhero Tri: 750m swim, 20k cycle, 5k push/run

The fun and inclusive challenges throw out cut-off times and equipment restrictions to make sure everybody has the best time possible. The emphasis is very much on fun so masks, capes and pants over tights are the order of the day.

Amy, who volunteered at the event last year, said the atmosphere on the day is “absolutely amazing”.

She said: “It’s an absolutely fantastic event, with a really special atmosphere, which is what prompted me to get involved again this year – but in a more challenging role. Not only will I be taking part myself, I’m also in the process of recruiting patients, their friends, family and colleagues of mine.

“Those of us from RJAH who will be taking part will be raising funds for the hospital’s charity – the RJAH Charity.”

The RJAH Charity raises funds to support patients and staff to ensure world class patient care is delivered.

Helen Knight, Fundraising Manager at RJAH, said: “Amy’s putting in a lot of hard work to get a team together to represent RJAH, so I’d encourage anyone who is interested and wanting to support the hospital in some way to get in touch.

“Those who have been involved in the event in some way – whether that’s through actually taking part or volunteering – have commented on how electric the atmosphere is, so why not see for yourselves?”

RJAH has a total of 18 places available for the event.

If you are interested in joining Team RJAH for the Superhero Tri, contact Helen by emailing rjah.fundraising@nhs.net or telephoning 01691 404588.

More information can also be found here: https://www.rjah.nhs.uk/Fundraising/Fundraising-Events/Superhero-Tri.aspx

Photo caption (left - right): Physiotherapist Amy Wyatt, MCSI patient Paul Rhodes, Rehabilitation Technician Kate Betts, MCSI Ward Manager Becky Warren, Fundraising Manager Helen Knight, MCSI patient Malcolm Tarkenter and Therapy Support Worker Chris Uttley.



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