Nursing staff and students take part in 'Midnight' walk raising money for local charity - The Paul Ridd Foundation

On the 2nd June 2017, staff and students from the College of Human and Health Sciences joined 200 people from the community to support the Paul Ridd Foundation organised event, in an 8 mile Swansea to Mumbles midnight walk.

The Paul Ridd Foundation was set up in 2016 following a 7 year legal battle with a local health board, following the death of Paul Ridd, a man from Baglan with learning disabilities whose death was attributed to neglect.

As one of many fundraising events organised by the charity, Mitchell Richards, BSc Mental Health Nursing student (first from the left below) raised £271.15 by taking part in the midnight walk.  He said, “I was first introduced to the Paul Ridd Foundation when I was on placement as a student nurse and was very keen and interested in what they do.  I have an older brother with down syndrome thus promoting equality regardless of ability or disability is an topic I keep close to my heart.”

paul ridd midnight walkPictured from left, students: Mitchell Richards , Amanda Trow, Ana Sofia De-oleira, Justin Adams.

Gerwyn Panes (Senior Lecturer, Nursing) who works closely with the charity, volunteered as a marshall at the event, said, "The walk took place on a night when the weather was perfect. As  a marshall  I was able to view the procession from several locations around the bay. The night was inky black, the moon was behind clouds.  The sight of a fire breather leading proceedings shattered the dark.The effort that Jayne Nicholls, Jonathan Ridd and Melanie Davies put into this work  is extraordinary. Debbie Shawe, their administrator was superb in making sure that everything ran like clockwork. We were pleased to take part and it was nice to play a small part in helping their cause."

The Paul Ridd Foundation supports adults with learning disabilities and their families and carers when needing secondary health care.  The Foundation has been working with health professionals and the College of Human and Health Sciences to develop the All Wales Care Bundle.

(Paul Ridd Foundation) “As a legacy to Paul we have helped set up the Care Bundle. We want nurses, carers and learning disabled people and their families and carers to be familiar with the Care Bundle. Our hope is that using the Pathway and Care Bundle will help ensure that what happened to Paul does not happen to anyone else with learning disabilities.

Mitchell said, “The Paul Ridd Foundation promotes awareness and supports people with a learning disability when needing secondary care.  'See the person, not the disability...'

The Paul Ridd Foundation are engaged in delivering Learning Disability awareness sessions that promote the Learning Disability Care Bundle to first year student nurses from all fields. The first event took place at Swansea University's Carmarthen campus recently and the audience were spellbound. The College of Human and Health Sciences is looking forward to hosting the next event at the university on the 27th of June.