Colourful march raises money for playground

NSFT staff in their onesies.

NSFT staff in their onesies. - Credit: Archant

It could nearly have been a scene from Noah's Ark.

Onlookers in Norwich were treated to a colourful procession as staff from the region's mental health trust paraded through the city dressed in animal onesies.

Masquerading as tigers, lions, hens, and even Superman, staff from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) walked from the Norvic Clinic, Thorpe St Andrew, to the Forum, Norwich, to raise money for a children's playground at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

They collected a total of £1,500 from the event, which will go to the Jenny Lind Playground Appeal.

Phil Joss, a clinical support worker with NSFT, said: 'We completed the Onesie Walk to say thank you to the Jenny Lind Children's Hospital at the N&N for the amazing care and attention they give to children, and to give something back.

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'Many of my colleagues have had experience of how important the hospital is and the lives it saves on a daily basis.'

Louise Cook, fundraising manager for the playground appeal, said: 'It was lovely to hear how the work of our Jenny Lind staff is so highly thought of in the community.

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'We are just so pleased that such a wonderful group of individuals gave up their time to raise so much money for us. This is a very local hospital charity which supports local families and children.'

The 'Onesie Walk' started in May 2013 after an idea by organisers Adam Simmons and Stretch Heskett.

If anyone would like to support the appeal please call 01603 287107 or email

To donate to the Jenny Lind Play Ground Appeal visit

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