Joan became a nurse “by mistake” after originally wanting to be a physiotherapist. Growing up in Spain watching his beloved Barcelona football team, he was always interested in the physio that would run onto the pitch and get players back on their feet. He didn’t get the grades needed to study to be a physio but chose nursing instead.
During his twenty year nursing career, Joan (pronounced ‘Jo-anne’) has moved to the UK and worked in A&E, Intensive Care and Community Nursing and currently works as Clinical Lead for a clinical commissioning group, implementing technology to improve how patients manage their conditions and communicate with their GPs.Joan's Run4Cavell
He’s always had boundless energy and has used this to great effect recently to support his nursing colleagues. On 29th May Joan ran the Liverpool Rock’n’Roll Marathon, raising money for Cavell Nurses’ Trust, supporting nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants who are suffering hardship.
So why is he so committed to help his fellow nurses? A few years ago after his marriage ended Joan was struggling to juggle his finances, having to pay for extra rent on his new accommodation.
“I know how stressful it is to have to choose between paying the electricity bill, or buying food today. Then you get a letter from the landlord to say rent is due, it’s very easy to get into debt problems.”
Despite working overtime to try and cope, Joan’s situation didn’t improve. So he turned to a charitable organisation set up to help nurses, like Cavell Nurses’ Trust, called the RCN Foundation. They helped pay his rent arrears and got him back on his feet and he was so grateful.
“I said one day that I would give back to a charity that helped nurses, so I have chosen Cavell Nurses’ Trust.”
Joan named his marathon a 'Tweetathon' as he tweeted a message every mile, getting sponsorship for each mile and raising awareness about nurses suffering hardship.
He has raised a huge sum of £3,680 for nurses in need, an amazing effort!
“It’s been incredible, people are so generous. I have a lot of followers on Twitter, 19 thousand at the moment, so it made sense that I include social media in my marathon challenge. I was keen to make as much noise as possible for Cavell Nurses’ Trust.”
If you want to donate to Joan's JustGiving page click here www.justgiving.com/tweetathon