Nurses’ Viking Long Boat Challenge

For the past two years the Isle of Man 2016 student nurse cohort at Noble’s Hospital has supported local charities by taking part in the Viking Long Boat Championships at Peel. This year the nurses have chosen to support Bowel Cancer Isle of Man.  For some of the cohort this is for personal reasons, either for themselves or loved ones, and therefore Bowel Cancer Isle of Man is a very worthy charity.

The Viking Long Boat Championships give participants the chance to experience what it was like to be a Viking at sea in a 400m sprint race around Peel harbour. The large Viking style boats and heavy 3.3m oars will force the nurses to work as a team in a 10 person crew as they do a timed lap around the harbour, competing against several hundred other competitors made up from local companies, teams and groups.  Started in 1963 the race is held in July each year and is one of the highlights of the Manx sporting calendar, both for its challenge and its unique nature.  This year’s event takes place on Saturday, 20 July.

You can show your support to the nurses’ crew by making a donation to Bowel Cancer Isle of Man using the special Paypal link below.  On behalf of her fellow students Jennie Wood said, “We would all like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support and for their kind donations to a local charity which is making a big difference in raising awareness and in supporting people who have been affected by bowel cancer.”