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Trust Director to take on Arctic challenge for appeal

Jayne Blacklay, Director of Development at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust is taking on the Iceman Polar challenge raising money for the Birth & Babies Appeal in April.

Jayne, who is also Deputy Chief Executive, will be trekking through the Arctic in a ski race along with Jane Ives, Managing Director of Wye Valley Trust, and Cristina Ramos, Associate Medical Director. The group will also be carrying all of their tents and supplies during the race and will be trained on ice climbing before the race starts.

Jayne said: “This is going to be an extremely difficult race with freezing conditions throughout; I hope that I will be able to raise lots of money for the appeal through the challenge”.

The Iceman route is approximately 100km in total and covers a mixture of frozen fjords, remote valleys and sweeping glaciers in the Arctic. The team are travelling to North East Greenland before the race commences on Friday 20 April and ending approximately 5 days later depending on weather conditions.

The Director hopes to raise sponsorship for the Birth & Babies £200,000 Appeal through this gruelling challenge. The money will towards Warwick Hospital’s new midwifery led birthing centre which is due to open this summer. The appeal is funding equipment and enhancements beyond the NHS standard for the centre to ensure that it is the best that it can be for women and their families.

Any support that you can offer really will make a difference and help to spur the team on in the -30 degree cold, go to: www.justgiving.com/jayne-blacklay1

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