A team of Oxford Health staff are dusting off their hiking boots and hitting a trail around Oxfordshire’s most beautiful private estates in a bid to raise money for a very worthy cause.

The team – made up of nurses, play specialists, healthcare assistants and the director of corporate affairs – will be undertaking the 27-mile circuit on 22 April in aid of the Respite nursing for Oxfordshire’s Sick Youngsters (ROSY) Fund.

The fund, which comes under the umbrella of the Oxford Health Charity, works in partnership with children and their families to deliver respite care to sick children in their homes. These respite sessions are over and above what is possible for the NHS to provide. For example, if parents or carers need a break to attend a special occasion.

Alex Davis, who is the head of service for the Children’s Community Nursing Team and part of Team Oxford Health, spoke about the fantastic work the ROSY Fund supports.

She said: “It can be difficult for parents and carers to leave their children who have additional needs in the care of others. Having trained professionals who are skilled to care for their child’s needs means parents and carers are able to have a break with reduced anxiety and stress.

“ROSY provides just this, but without people making charitable donations, these extra respite sessions would not be able to happen which is why fundraising events like this are so important.”

This is the eighth year the fundraising event has taken place, with the route taking in Cornbury Park, Blenheim and Ditchley Park, before finishing back in Cornbury via the stunning Wychwood Forest.

Kerry Rogers, Oxford Health’s director of corporate affairs and company secretary, said she was delighted to be taking part in the fundraising event as member of Team Oxford Health.

She added: “The ROSY Fund provides such valuable support and works so closely with our staff here
Team Oxford Health is inviting people to make whatever donations they can afford via their JustGiving page.