Local Surgery Completes Gruelling 100KM Challenge Raising Over £7000 for Hospice

The determined team at Stonebridge Surgery completed a 100k challenge in memory of their ‘dear friend’ and colleague to support St.Catherine’s.

Anne Astwick, 57, was cared for by St Catherine’s Hospice after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in March last year. The mum-of-two spent her final days on the Lostock Hall hospice’s inpatient unit earlier this year.

Her colleagues at Stonebridge Surgery in Longridge decided to take on a sponsored feat in fitness-loving Anne’s honour, whilst raising vital funds for St Catherine’s.

Eighteen staff members each tackled their own 100k challenge over a month and raised an astounding £7,204.45.

Advanced nurse practitioner Lesley Spall said: “Anne was sporty and liked to keep fit so we decided to do an endurance challenge to pay tribute to her. We wanted to involve as many people as possible, so everyone had the option of running or walking, or a mixture of both.

“One of the doctors ran on the local fells with her dog, another ran with the pram, one of the nurses ran alongside her children as they cycled, and a couple of staff met up and ran in a socially distanced manner.”

Practice manager Julie Grime said: “It was tough but when we saw that within a few hours of us posting about it on the surgery’s Facebook page we had exceeded our £1,000 target, it made us even more determined to cover the miles and raise as much as possible for the cause.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated; without their generosity, we wouldn’t have achieved such a brilliant amount.”

Emily Bate, community engagement officer at St Catherine’s, said: “It means so much to us that Anne’s colleagues have gone to such great lengths to fundraise in her honour, and we’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who took on the 100k challenge and those who donated.

“We simply wouldn’t be able to provide our care for people with life-shortening illnesses at the hospice and in people’s own homes if it wasn’t for the remarkable support of our communities, and the fact that Stonebridge Surgery surpassed their target by so much is fantastic!”

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