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10k for 10 days raises more than £3,100 for Beat It campaign

A fundraising challenge which saw 35 participants tackle the equivalent of more than two marathons over 10 consecutive days has raised £3,130.

December's 10k for 10 days challenge was organised by West Suffolk Hospital Charity to raise money for the Beat It prostate cancer scanner appeal, run in conjunction with the Bury Free Press.

Those taking part were encouraged to complete a 10k route - whether running, walking or in their local gym - every day for 10 consecutive days.

The event was the brainchild of three of the hospital\'s HR team, Helen Kroon, Kerry Robinson and Rebecca Rutterford, who were blown away by the success of the challenge.

Helen said: "We wanted to organise something that would be a real challenge and encourage people to think about regular exercise and healthy living.

"We heard from people who said they took part in the 10k who wouldn't have normally exercised or who are now exercising regularly.

"That is what we wanted to achieve as well as supporting the Beat It campaign. To raise £3,130 through entry fees and sponsorship is simply amazing. Thank you to everyone who supported us."

Trust librarian Laura Wilkes, who took part in the challenge, said: "I like walking but wanted something that would test me and also reignite my enthusiasm for walking. The 10k for 10 days challenge certainly did that.

"It was a hard challenge but one that I enjoyed - I can't wait to do it again in 2014!"



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