Bay Medical Group raises £2000 for West End Impact
A busy GP practice in Morecambe has put its January fitness challenge to good use, raising £2,000 for a local good cause.
Bay Medical Group, which serves the population of Morecambe and Heysham, wanted to kick start the new year with a healthy challenge. A small group of colleagues decided to walk or run 50 miles in January – the idea spread, and 50 colleagues pledged to travel the equivalent of a trip from Morecambe to Rome!
Better still, their efforts are helping their neighbours, West End Impact, which is a non means-tested support network for anyone in the area. Their vital work often helps families and individuals who are cut off from more formal support.
GP partner Dr Joanne Price says they were delighted to help their near neighbours, who do such good work: “I’ve rarely heard them say ‘we can’t help’. The work they do is vital, they fill a void for vulnerable people who may miss out on other funding or support – perhaps by not having a permanent address, or a bank account or phone.
“They are very accessible and the referral process is informal, making it open to just about everyone who needs help in the Morecambe area.
“We’ve managed to fundraise around £1,500 so far, which the GP partners are rounding up to see us donate £2,000 to this very good cause.”
BMG staff fully embraced the walking and running challenge … some did it with their babies, others with dogs, and some completed their 50 miles in days.
Dr Price added: “The staff at the practice have worked tirelessly over the last year, adapting to the evolving COVID situation and supporting our patients as best we can. Our teams have done an amazing job in setting up the COVID vaccination programme whilst simultaneously keeping the practice running. To then contribute to this just shows how selfless, motivated and committed they are.
“For our staff wellbeing we have done things like baking challenges or having an ice cream van deliver to the practices, but we wanted to do something a little more healthy as we know how important physical exercise is for our physical and mental health. We are delighted to have been able to support an amazing local charity like West End Impact. They do so much for the people of Morecambe and we know the money will be gratefully received. We hope it can help the people who need it the most during the challenging weeks and months ahead.
“In February we are taking part in MED, which stands for Move Every Day. We are not setting a fundraising challenge, or any rules. It doesn’t have to be running or walking, even star jumps count.”
Dr Price added: “The challenge has been a great team building exercise and has brought colleagues from across the practice together through a shared passion. We have felt the benefits both physically and mentally during what is such a difficult time for all.”