Infection Control Nurse Specialist, Anne Frejiszyn, her husband Stefan and brother Tony, are to undertake a marathon cycling journey across the United States of America in aid of three local charities.
Anne has opted to support the First Cleethorpes Sea Scouts, Marie Curie Nurses, and Adapted Cycles.
To Anne, Marie Curie Nurses and Adapted Cycles are charities that she has dealt with extensively through her work as a Nurse (Specialist Infection Control) for Care Plus Group. She said that “As a nurse, the importance of looking after people in their homes is a big issue. Marie Curie are about allowing people to be cared for in the comfort of their own homes. The adapted cycles stood out to me personally because of my passion for cycling… we take the ability to ride a bike for granted, whereas for someone who is in a wheelchair or has a disability, it is much more difficult – they don’t have the same opportunity to feel the wind through their hair and the rush.”
“The First Cleethorpes Sea Scouts are different because I came across them through my nephew, who has risen through their ranks. Their activities include many of the regular scouting undertakings, along with kayaking, power boating and sailing to name but a few.
Their hut at Beacon Court has been well used by the community for many years and so money raised will help them to make vital repairs and be put towards any extra equipment they might need.” Scout Leader Paul Garnett hailed Anne’s efforts as ‘a tremendous help’.
Anne is known in the community for being heavily involved in good causes – not least because of her role as a nurse for Care Plus Group, but also because of her involvement in the Beavers where she uses the name ‘Nightingale’ due in part to her career but also to her singing ability.
Ann Walker, a local volunteer with Marie Curie, told us that in N.E.Lincs, Marie Curie nurses ‘provide hands on care to patients as well as essential support to their carers. Predominantly, they provide dedicated night care between the hours of 10pm and 7am, so carers can get some rest and be fresh to face the challenges of a new day.’ On the topic of Anne’s sponsorship, Anne Walker agreed that it is ‘absolutely brilliant. We are delighted that she is taking on such a tremendous challenge in the name of charity.’
But there is a twist to this sponsored event. Instead of the usual sponsorship, Anne and her team have opened the sponsorship as a competition- if you can guess the number of miles that the team cover over the course of their 21 day trek from Washington DC to Pittsburgh and back, you could bag yourself a £50 prize.
When asked why the sponsored event was being turned into a competition, Anne acknowledged that in many instances, sponsorship is a ‘give and forget’ routine. She said ‘With this, if there is a chance that you might win something back, at least for the duration of the trip to America, the causes we’re raising money for are in the back of people’s minds – continuing awareness that their money is making a difference.’
Anne’s journey will be available to follow via the care4all website (www.care4all.org.uk) and the Care4all twitter feed (@Care4allNEL). If you wish to get involved and sponsor Anne £1 per guess on how many miles she will cover during her trek, a sponsor form can be collected from one of the four Care4all Health & Wellbeing Centres (Queen Street & Cromwell Rd., Grimsby; Coulbeck Drive, Cleethorpes & Carver Rd., Immingham). Should you require any further information, call Care4all on 01472 571100 and ask for Marketing Officer Royce Coates. For ways to support Marie Curie, please visit https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/. The First Cleethorpes Sea Scouts meet on Friday evenings between 6:30-9pm at the Cleethorpes Yacht Club, and at their headquarters in Beacon Court.
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