Published on: 9 June 2021

Dedicated staff and their loved ones at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust are taking part in a year-long virtual race around the world to raise money to beat heart failure.

The team, led by Consultant Cardiologist Dr Mickey Jachuck, has shown that it doesn’t do things half-heartedly and currently boasts the largest team in the race; with over 40 members racking up miles for the Pumping Marvellous Foundation.

Two months into the 12 month challenge the team has already covered over 7,000 miles, through counting steps at work in the Trust’s busy departments, to bike rides along the coast and as a result has raised over £1,100 to date.

Dr Jachuck said: “Our cardiology team care for many people across the region with heart failure and, although advances in diagnosis and treatment have had a really positive impact, there is still so much more we can do to improve outcomes.

“I have seen first-hand how hard the Pumping Marvellous Foundation works to promote self-care and improve patient pathways, so this was a great way to raise awareness of the condition whilst raising money for a fantastic cause.

“I was a complete non-runner until a couple of years ago and have really noticed the benefits both physically and mentally that regular activity brings. It's been fantastic to see so many of my colleagues getting involved and we're now looking forward to seeing if we can collect enough virtual miles to go right around the world.”

Nick Hartshorne-Evans, Chief Executive and Founder of Pumping Marvellous Foundation, said: “It didn’t surprise me that the team led by Dr Mickey Jachuck were leading the race. Dr Jachuck has been a strong supporter of the Pumping Marvellous Foundation for many years and the whole team’s involvement demonstrates their willingness to support people living with heart failure.” Follow the team’s fundraising effort here: