Two Isle of Wight Mountbatten nurses are preparing to swap their scrubs for running shoes.

Leader of Mountbatten’s Care at Home team Vicky Scovell and head of the inpatient unit Theresa McNamara are training hard to take part in this year’s ABP Southampton Marathon event.

They will be raising funds for Isle of Wight families facing death, dying and bereavement, by taking on the half marathon in aid of Mountbatten.

Both Vicky and Theresa are keen runners and, despite working for Mountbatten, enjoy spending their leisure time training to raise funds to further support the charity’s work.

Mountbatten Nurse Vicky knows what it means to both receive and provide care, and takes part in fundraising events in memory of her mum, dad and mother-in-law.

Vicky said:

“Dad and Maureen were cared for in Mountbatten Hospice and my mum was looked after at home by the community team. So we now walk with them in our hearts as we stride out to raise money for the amazing organisation Mountbatten is, raising vital funds so they can carry on supporting the Island community.”

Mountbatten Nurse Theresa added:

“We would be so very grateful for sponsorship; your contribution will make an impact whether you are able to donate £5 or £500 – every bit helps. Thank you so much for your support which means that we can continue to be here for you and those you love, to help you live well and die at peace in the place you choose.”

Mountbatten CEO Nigel Hartley said:

“We are indebted to our Island community who directly fund our Mountbatten Nurses, whether they support people in their own homes, out in our community or in our hospice building. We don’t currently receive any funding from national charities to pay for our nursing team, and it is humbling to see our nurses giving back to their community in this way. We will be cheering them both on loudly!”

Vicky and Theresa will head to Southampton for the marathon on 5 May. You can donate online via Facebook or by visiting their JustGiving page.