In the first of a series of mini-blogs, meet our client Joan, an NHS nurse who we worked with recently to create his larger-than-life sublimation-printed pint glass.
He’s on a fundraising mission for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust and will hopefully be breaking some Guinness World Records along the way!
We worked with him and his sponsors to create the Guinness World Record-approved costume specification. It has already been road (or should that be mountain), tested on a recent training climb up Mount Snowdon.
Cheers Joan, and good luck we can’t wait to see how you get on in London!
Joan is a very passionate nurse and is taking his fundraising challenge to the next level.
The last two years have been very hard for everybody and especially for the NHS frontline and fellow nurses like him.
During the first and second wave, Joan was redeployed to the intensive care unit (ICU). The work was often bleak, and the experience hit him hard both emotionally and physically. At the end of second wave, Joan was diagnosed with PTSD.
Initially he felt like a failure. He was ashamed to have problems with his mental health but started therapy and gradually regained his balance. With the help of the psychologist, he came to understand that mental imbalance is nothing to be ashamed of. His mental state was the result of the situation he had found himself in and many years of neglecting and not taking care of his mental health. He realised that stress and anxiety are illnesses that could affect anyone.
Since then, he has been raising mental health awareness and trying to break the surrounding taboos.
“Taking care of mental health is not a weakness – quite the opposite. The bravest thing a person can do is ask for help when they need it.”
As part of his recovery plan, Joan started to run. On the 8th February he received an email telling him that he had a place in the The London Marathon.
That was the goal he needed, and Joan has been training hard since. He joined his local running club and since February has lost nearly 3 stones. The most important thing is that his mental and physical health have improved significantly.
On the 3rd October Joan not only will try to run the London Marathon, attempting to beat the Guinness World Record of the fastest marathon dressed as a pint of beer.
The best of it is that you will be able to follow his progress live on social media using #Pint4Cavell.
All you need to do to support him is by texting CHEERSNURSE to 70085. £4 will be donated to Cavell Trust.