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Hospital staff member prepares to Hike the Himalayas

A former professional footballer will be tackling his biggest challenge yet when he hikes the Himalayas to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital's Rainbow Ward.

As medical equipment coordinator at the hospital, Bob Duncan has seen first-hand the excellent care and support staff have given youngsters in the 12-bedded unit.

Now he wants to give something back by taking part in the gruelling 10-day event which will see him trek 3,210 metres through Nepal.

Bob, who played professionally for Raith Rovers and Aldershot, said: "I have always kept myself fit and active but this is probably the hardest challenge I have done.

"I know it is going to be like nothing I ever faced before, but I wanted to do my bit for such an important part of the hospital."

Bob, who has also ran in the Commonwealth Games for Scotland and volunteered at the London Olympics, is a keen fundraiser who has raised thousands for the hospital during his 10 years at the trust.

This time, he has been aided in his attempts by fitness staff at Clarice House who have given him a bespoke training plan ahead of the trek, which will see Bob walk an estimated total of 34 hours before reaching the final destination of Poon Hill.

Julie Key, membership advisor, said: "Clarice House likes to help different charity efforts as much as we can and we were delighted to help Bob train for this amazing feat.

"We all highly value the work staff on the Rainbow Ward do and we wanted to help as much as we can."

Bob, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, will take part in the Hike the Himalayas trek between Monday 7 April and Thursday 17 April.

He can be sponsored via http://www.justgiving.com/bobduncanhikethehimalayas.



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