Bristol hospital team take on Pen Y Fan mountain climb for liver charity

Posted on: 21st May 2022

A 20-strong team of hospital staff from Bristol will take on Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales, on Saturday 21st May 2022 to raise funds for the British Liver Trust.

The team of doctors, nurses and hospital staff, who all work in the liver unit at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, chose to raise money for the charity, which exists to transform liver health through increased awareness, prevention and support.

Senior Nurse Tilly Barnes, who organised the challenge with Ward Sister Lisa, explains why the team chose to take on 886-metre hike for the charity: “It will be a challenge for all of us getting to the top but we are all inspired by the patients that we care for at the hospital. They have all been very supportive of our challenge and some have even donated.

“We are very pleased that the funds raised will support the charity, which exists to support, and campaign on behalf of, all people with liver disease.”

Liver disease is on the rise and from 2019 to 2020, deaths from liver disease in the UK increased by an alarming 15%. Three-quarters of patients are diagnosed with liver cirrhosis when it’s too late for life-saving treatment or intervention.

The British Liver Trust raises awareness of all the causes of liver disease through its Love Your Liver campaign, as well as providing patients with up-to-date information and support, including a free nurse-led helpline and online community.

Audrey Cornelius, Fundraising Manager at the British Liver Trust, said: “We are delighted that the team at Bristol Royal Infirmary liver unit are giving their time and energy to support the British Liver Trust.

“We rely on the generosity of individuals to help us carry out our vital work to increase awareness, prevention, care and support."

“We wish Tilly and those taking part lots of luck.”

To find out more about the team's challenge and offer your support, visit Tilly Barnes is fundraising for British Liver Trust (