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Nurse Paul takes on the three peaks for heart patients

Paul and Stephen Dewdney 3 peaks
A specialist heart nurse from Worcestershire Royal Hospital is taking on the national Three Peaks Challenge to raise extra funds for new gym equipment at the hospital.

The new gym equipment will be used in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Suite at the hospital which helps enhance the recovery of patients who have had heart problems.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinical Nurse Specialist Paul Dewdney, 56, has decided to take on the impressive challenge on the weekend of 6 - 7 July, along with his son, Stephen, 28.

The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the three highest mountains in Scotland (Ben Nevis), England (Scafell Pike) and Wales (Snowdon) all within 24 hours - including driving the 450 miles in between!

The total distance that Paul and Stephen will walk during the challenge will be around 23 miles, including a vertical climb of over 9500ft (3000m).

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Suite sees patients who have had heart attacks, valve surgery and Coronary Artery Bypass Grafts. The gym in the suite allows staff to carry out specific assessments and exercises with their patients to examine them and help speed up their recovery.

Paul and Stephen are funding the transport and guides for the challenge from their own pockets so that all of the money raised will go directly to Cardiac Rehabilitation at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Paul said: “The equipment will be of great benefit to the many patients that need to use this service and enhance their recovery. We’re aiming to buy an exercise bike which will allow us to provide functional training for the patients. This means that we can assess the patients for the most appropriate level of rehabilitation and potentially allow their rehabilitation to start earlier.”

You can help support Paul's challenge for Cardiac Rehabilitation via his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/worcestercardiacrehabilitationthreepeaks2019