Nurse conquers Everest

An End of Life Nurse Specialist at Poole Hospital and Forest Holme Hospice has raised over £2,200 for the hospice charity by climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest as she recovered from emergency back surgery.

Vanessa Barents hurt her back out of blue over nine weeks ago and was taken to hospital for emergency surgery. She decided to use her recovery to raise some money for the hospice by walking up and down her stairs at home, until she reached the 17,475 steps needed to equal a climb to the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

Vanessa, said, “I suffered a slipped disc in my lower back, which caused Cauda Equina Syndrome that affected my lower half really badly. I had emergency surgery to fix the problem, and as part of my rehab, I decided to raise money for Forest Holme Hospice, a charity very dear to my heart.  Not only do I have the privilege of working for them, but I also see first-hand the amazing work that is done there. During the coronavirus outbreak, most of the charity’s fundraising has stopped, so I thought why not combine my rehab with raising money for the hospice.”

Vanessa is currently up to 90% of her target on her Just Giving page and hopes now that she has completed her challenge and returned to work, she can encourage a few others to donate via

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