“I know the fantastic work that goes on every day” Nicky does her first Dash in support of our care

Nicky, Head of Clinical Services at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe, will be putting her best foot forward this month as she represents the centre in the annual December Daily Dash to help raise funds for Sue Ryder.

Nicky, with resident Alex, at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe
Nicky, with resident Alex, at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe

Pulling on the walking boots

Now in its seventh year, the Dash sees participants walk, jog or run 5k every day in December to raise much-needed funds for Sue Ryder.

Nicky, who has worked for Sue Ryder for an incredible 26 years, is Head of Clinical Services at the Hertfordshire centre and will be fitting the daily dash in around her 50 mile commute.

“I roped my husband in - we have to walk the dogs anyway so we’ll combine the two”

Inspired by colleague Kay, who completed the Dash last year, and supported by husband Clive, she will be pulling on the walking boots and heading out every evening when she gets home from work. She said: “This will be my first December Daily Dash so I’ve no idea what I’ve let myself in for! I have roped my husband in - we have to walk the dogs anyway so we’ll combine the two.”

The couple’s rescue dogs, Teddy, a German Shepherd/Malamute Husky cross breed, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Wilson, will be joining them for the Daily Dash and Nicky hopes the wider family, including her 10-year-old grandson Riley, who has special educational needs, will be able to come along for some daylight walks.

Nicky's husband, Clive, out dashing with their dogs Wilson (left) and Teddy (right)
Nicky's husband, Clive, out dashing with their dogs Wilson (left) and Teddy (right)

Supporting those who need it, when they need it

Nicky, who lives in Cambridgeshire, has worked at Stagenhoe since 2010 after transferring from another Sue Ryder centre and said she isn’t fazed by the 50 mile journey to work. “I’m used to the drive now. It gives me some thinking time and by the time I get home in the evening, I have already thought through my day and re-evaluated things, so it’s actually quite useful to have that time.”

By taking on the challenge, Nicky will be following in the footsteps of Stagenhoe’s Head of Support Services, Kay, who will be doing the December Daily Dash for a second time in 2021. Nicky said: “Kay did the DDD last year for the first time and I have been thinking about it since she first mentioned it. I have a bit of arthritis in my knees so it’s not going to be an easy challenge for me, but I want to get a bit fitter and I’m hoping this will give me a bit of a kickstart!

“Having worked for Sue Ryder for 26 years, I know the fantastic work that goes on every day, to support those people who need it, when they need it, so if you could help by donating even the smallest amount, it would be most appreciated.”

Find out further information about Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe, the expert care they provide and ways you can help to support them.

Help us be there when it matters

There are many other fundraising events you can get involved in to help raise funds for our expert care, from walks and runs, to epic challenges or doing your own thing.