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15 December 2020

STAFF at Morecambe Football Club have taken on a festive challenge to raise money for the children’s ward at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Every year the Shrimps’ players, coaches and staff from the club’s Community Sports charity visit the children’s wards to meet young patients and deliver some presents but the COVID pandemic means they have had to look to do something different this year.

They came up an idea to raise money for the ward and a number of club staff members have come together to cover the distance between John O’ Groats and Land’s End, a total distance of 603 miles (970 kilometres) as the crow flies.

Those involved have set up a Go Fund Me page to accept donations throughout the challenge. An initial target of £500 has been set to raise for the children’s ward which will provide them with some much needed support.

Janet Preston, Community Sports manager, said: "The aim is for the hospital to use this money to purchase new Ipads in the children's ward which will make all the difference to those patients spending time there.

"The generosity from those that choose to donate and show their support for the club’s challenge will help our overstretched health service that have helped all of us at some stage in our lives.’'

If you would like to support those taking art, please visit the Just Giving page linked below.


Those taking part are: Nathan Briggs (Running 70 miles), Martin Powell (Running 100 miles), Zoe Fraser (Running 50 miles), Michael Stringfellow (Running 100 miles), Rob Ellis (Cycling), Stephen Wright (Running/Cycling), Jodie Assitt (Walking), Graham Fagan (Cycling), Jack Preston (Running).

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