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Local health experts to run six marathons in a week for charity

Three members of staff at Staffordshire Doctors Urgent Care Service (SDUC) are set to run the equivalent of six marathons in a week in aid of Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke.

SDUC staff

The trio, featuring team leader Jonathan Millward and nurse clinicians Gregory Seadon and Adrian Farr, are aiming to raise £3,000 for the charity, by running 160 miles from Stoke-on-Trent to Somerset. The team has so far raised half of their target and are due to start the challenge on Monday 18th April.

SDUC, which runs the NHS 111 service and GP out-of-hours support in the Staffordshire area, is providing the trio with a 4x4 Landover support vehicle and accommodation over the course of the run. The support vehicle is being driven by Mary Osbourne and Jessica Ford, also members of staff at SDUC.

Commenting on the task ahead, Jonathan Millward said: "None of us have ever done anything like this before, so it’s going to be a big challenge for us all.

"We know people who have been unfortunate enough to have to use the service at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and they always speak of the immense support they and their families received. Working within the 111 service, we have a lot of interaction with the hospice and so we get to see firsthand how much this service does for the local community"

John Harrison, chief executive of SDUC, said: "As a provider of out-of-hours care, we are regularly involved with the Douglas Macmillan Hospice and the work it does for the local community in its darkest hours is outstanding. We need brilliant charities like this that do amazing work for terminally ill patients and their families so it’s great to be helping them in whatever way we can. We are proud of Jonathan, Gregory and Adrian for putting in the extra effort to help such a worthy cause and fully support their endeavors."

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