Join the Hospital Hero Hike and be a hero this spring!

You have 14 days 7 hours 40 mins 40 secs training time left!

Back by popular demand is the Hospital Hero Hike, an exciting challenge for individuals, teams and groups looking to have a rewarding and fun day out. 

This picturesque route takes you on a countryside walk through Suffolk and Essex, passing beautiful historic locations and walking side-by-side with our amazing NHS staff.

With a twist for 2024, the 21 mile route will start at Ipswich Hospital and finish at Colchester Hospital.

Challenge yourself this spring and you will be taking care of your friends and family when they need you most.

Our Hospital Hero Hike will be supporting our Staff Wellbeing Appeal. You will be providing staff at your local hospitals and community sites with the extras that go above and beyond what the NHS can provide, but which can make a vital difference to their health and wellbeing. From providing mental health first aid training to ensuring one-to-one help is available for staff in crisis or green spaces for restful and healing breaks, as well as providing physical, emotional and financial wellbeing support. 

We would love for you to fundraise for the Staff Wellbeing Appeal which supports staff when they need us most. Alternatively you can choose to fundraise for one of our current appeals: Cancer Wellbeing, Childrens Appeal or for the ward or department within our services closest to your heart.  Just let us know your preference when you sign up.

Tickets are just £20 per person or free for ESNEFT staff, ESNEFT students, ESNEFT volunteers and OCS Staff.

Register today! 


Date: Saturday 4 May 2024

Time: The walk begins at 10am

The Walk: From Ipswich Hospital to Colchester Hospital

Entry Fee: £20 per person or free for ESNEFT staff, ESNEFT students, ESNEFT volunteers and OCS Staff

Age: Participants must be 14+. Participants aged 14-17 will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times during the event, this includes the full duration of the route.

Entry Includes:

  • A free bacon roll at the start line and a free burger meal at the finish line for all participants. A plant-based alternative will also be available. Dietary requirements catered for are Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free
  • All participants will receive a free goodie bag, including a FREE refillable water bottle and Hospital Hero t-shirt at registration -
    Thank you to Total Merchandise for donating the brand new bags and water bottles
  • A sustainable Finishers Medal on completion 

Fundraising Target: Fundraising Target £100 


By registering you are agreeing to our terms and conditions

Sign up today to receive your training guide!

Staff Wellbeing We are dedicated to supporting the long and short-term wellbeing of our staff. They are amazing, passionate people who want to ensure they can provide the very best levels of care at all times. To do this we need your help. We are encouraging our community to donate or fundraise so that we can continue to support the emotional, physical and financial wellbeing of our staff. Find out more