Intensive Care team to tackle the entire South West coastal path

Friday, 12 May 2017

Staff from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Southmead Hospital are embarking on an enormous coastal challenge this weekend to raise money to landscape and develop a roof garden for patients. 

Over the course of eight weeks the staff, and their family and friends, will be walking the entire 630 mile long South West coastal path, starting at Minehead in Somerset and finishing at Poole in Dorset.

The event is the brainchild of ICU Consultant, Dr Gareth Wrathall: “We wanted to take on a challenge that everyone could join in with” he explains.

“Some people are walking several days and others are just doing one day or short sections of the path.  We’ve got intensive care staff, theatre staff and even relatives of ex-patients taking part.

Intensive Care Team to Tackle the Entire South West Coastal Path









“The challenge is open to everyone, and we’re planning to have someone walking a section on every day of the 8 weeks the challenge covers. Our ICU treats patients from the whole of the South West region and so completing the coastal path is very apt.”

Southmead’s ICU is the third busiest in England and Wales, treating over 2,000 patients a year.  It has 44 beds, and 20-25% of all ICU patients in the South West come here.

“We’re delighted that one of our biggest teams is taking on this challenge” explains Adrian Brown, Community Appeals Manager at Southmead Hospital Charity.

“Any money raised by the challenge will go towards developing a roof garden for use by intensive care patients. Previous patients have expressed a desire for fresh air when they’re recovering, and so developing an outside space for them would be a huge bonus.”

The team sets off on the challenge on Saturday 13 May at noon from the West Somerset Railway at Minehead and you can follow their progress here.