Sirona nurse Kim Bushill is running the Bath Half Marathon this weekend, to help a charity which supports women who suffer severe sickness during pregnancy.
Kim Bushill is an IV Therapy Nurse, who with colleague Emma Moxham, developed a service to help women diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and their work won a national award for innovation.
The condition hit the headlines when the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital in the early stages of her pregnancies with both Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Said Kim: “I started running in March last year as a completely unfit, unmotivated novice. I started at my local Chipping Sodbury Park Run and it’s changed my life.
“I signed up for the Bath Half last year while I was watching the London Marathon and while I thought I couldn’t do that one, I could set myself a goal of running the Bath Half which is a fantastic event and also in the city in which I work.
“It’s scary to think it’s now only a few days away!”
Kim is raising money for the Pregnancy Sickness Support charity with which she and Emma have liaised while offering the Sirona IV Service to women with HG.
“They are a small charity doing great work for women and their families with Hyperemesis and nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.
“I don’t have children, I sadly can’t have them, so it may seem a bit odd to pick a pregnancy related charity to support but having worked with women in the community who are trying to cope with HG it is something, I feel, which needs more support and understanding.
“These women can be so unwell and be in an out of hospital throughout their pregnancies, at a time they should be enjoying life. it is not ‘morning sickness’, it can take over their lives.
“The service offered by Sirona means women can have intravenous fluids at home instead of being admitted to hospital and it really does make a difference.”
Kim has set up a fundraising page, which can be found here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/rodfordbelle