A respiratory team trekked 20 miles all the way from London Bridge back to Epsom Hospital as they raised more than £13,000 for their ward.

The 26-strong squad from the Gloucester Ward went the “lung-distance” while completing several fun challenges along the way which were chosen by their sponsors.

These tasks included spelling out words with their bodies, picking out intriguing healthcare-related signs en route and doing press-ups and headstands in public.

The original target was set at £5,000 before Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust matched the total, bringing it to £13,000 overall.

Naomi Stuart, Epsom Hospital’s Gloucester Ward manager, said: “It was amazing to see so many staff get involved in our sponsored walk. We wanted to raise money for our fantastic ward in a way that kept us, and those who sponsored us, entertained.

“Everyone involved truly took this to heart, making the 20 miles a wholly enjoyable experience.

“Our goal was to raise £5,000 but with the help of all of our staff involved and everyone who sponsored us we have raised a whopping £6,500!

“What’s more, the trust has agreed to match the funds raised, so we now have a massive £13,000 to spend on equipment for the ward, which will make a huge difference to the patients in our care.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated, I am incredibly proud of everyone who took part.”

The respiratory team cares for patients with a range of conditions related to breathing.

Daniel Elkeles, the trust’s chief executive, said: “Everyone who took part in this fantastic event should be very proud of themselves.

“With an already not-so-easy target of £5,000 they managed to excel themselves.

“It is members of staff like this who go above and beyond for the sake of our patients and our hospitals that makes me so incredibly proud to be the chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier hospitals.”

To find out more about fundraising for Epsom and St Helier hospitals, contact esth.fundraising@nhs.net or call 01372 735 735.