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Medical team put in miles for Sue Ryder

Staff from a Gloucestershire medical centre are covering the length of Britain before the end of lockdown to raise funds for a hospice.

Around 40 staff members from Cleevelands Medical Centre in Bishop's Cleeve will walk, run or cycle 874 miles - the distance from John O'Groats to Land's End - in the Marching for March campaign to raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Practice nurse Jo Newhall, 52, is behind the fundraiser after seeing first hand what the hospice has to offer.

She said: "Five years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Following nine months of treatment I went up to the hospice for some acupuncture treatment and the visit made me realise the true breadth and depth of care Sue Ryder offers patients and their families.

"Some of our patients regularly receive care from the hospice. It is such a wonderful place, which we are lucky to have right on our doorstep.

"Towards the end of last year lots of staff at the medical centre really started embracing doing more exercise and we got speaking about it."

She continued: "We chose to support Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice because they rely so much on charity donations.

"A lot of us had read about the terrible impact the pandemic has had on Sue Ryder's fundraising and we wanted to help. A number of our staff have been supported by the hospice too."

Progress will be tracked on a large map at the medical centre, to donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/marchingformarch

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