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Nationwide parkrun events set to celebrate nurses and midwives in May

Nationwide parkrun events set to celebrate nurses and midwives in May

Nurses and midwives are being urged to take part in parkrun events on 4 and 11 May to commemorate the International Day of the Midwife and International Nurses Day, respectively.

Every year, on International Day of the Midwife (5 May) and International Nurses Day (12 May), the professions are celebrated for their contributions to the NHS, health, and social care sectors, as well as their impact on communities and patients across the country and worldwide.

Dame Ruth May, chief nursing officer for England, and Kate Brintworth, chief midwifery officer for England, have published a blog post on the NHS England website calling on members of the two professions to join them in running or walking 5km in one of the 1,240-plus parkrun events taking place across the UK.

‘Whether you’re already an avid parkrunner or attending for the first time, there are lots of ways to get involved,’ they said. ‘You can walk, jog or run the course, volunteer to support, or come along to cheer on your colleagues.’

Dame Ruth and Ms Brintworth also urged nurses and midwives to ‘talk to your colleagues and register together, encourage your patients, friends and family to take part too, wear NHS blue or fancy dress and, most importantly, make sure you get involved’.

Parkrun is a free community event. Participants can register via the parkrun website, and also join the International Nurses Day group or International Day of the Midwife group.

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