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Making a difference at Tidworth 10k
11:29am Friday 6th September 2013 in CT Scanner Appeal
THE Tidworth 10k is fastapproaching and Salisbury’s runners are in training for the tough terrain, but it’s not too late to challenge yourself for a worthy cause.
This year all the funds from the run will go towards Salisbury District Hospital’s CT Scanner Campaign, which aims to raise £650,000 to buy a much-needed second CT scanner.
A second scanner would help reduce waiting times and mean a scanner is always available in emergencies.
Entry packs will be sent out from this week with sponsor forms, race numbers and a back sign, and entrants must register online.
The event is on November 3, starting and finishing at Tedworth House, with a gentler 3k fun run option as well.
To register go to tidworth10k.
JEMMA Manders is running in memory of her mother-in-law, former hospital sister Laura Manders, pictured right, who lost her battle with leukaemia in June at the age of 68.
It will be the second time Mrs Manders, 43, from Durrington, has run the race and she asked her fitness enthusiast father-in-law Graham to train her.
“I wanted to get fit and he’s very into fitness so I asked him to be my personal trainer,” she said. “We’re training twice a week at the moment but I know that I need to up it to three times from now on.
“It’s going to be quite a challenge for me as he’s set me the goal of doing it in under an hour – so no pressure!”
To sponsor Jemma go to virginmoneygiving.
AS lead nurse for bowel screening, Ann Windsor uses the hospital’s current scanner on a regular basis.
Under the national screening programme, Mrs Windsor sees patients who have tested positive for blood doing a home urine test kit. The next step is to assess if a patient is fit enough to undergo a colonoscopy but if they aren’t a CT scanner is used to carry out a colonography.
Sometimes the capacity’s not there and because we’re part of the screening programme we have to get our patients in within two weeks, which we find quite difficult,” said Mrs Windsor.
“We’ve just got the go-ahead to extend the screening age from 60 to 69 up to 75, but the slightly older population are likely to be less fit so we will need more scans, and a second scanner will become even more important.”
To donate go to justgiving.com/Ann-Windsor.
PHYSIOTHERAPIST Kate Bennett works at the hospital so has an in-depth understanding of the benefits a second scanner would bring.
Working mostly on the Winterslow and Pembroke wards, she said the Stars Appeal does a lot to support the wards at the hospital but new equipment is always needed and can make a huge difference.
The 32-year-old, who lives in Barton Stacey, is juggling her training for the 10k with a full-time job and looking after her beloved horses.
To donate go to justgiving.com/Kate - Bennett4.
GLENIS McCauley decided doing the Tidworth 10K was a good way to say thank you to the hospital for caring for her father.
Reg Edmonds was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010 and had chemotherapy on the hospital’s Pembroke Ward, as well as spending seven weeks at Salisbury Hospice before he died in December, aged 73.
Mrs McCauley said: “I started running just before Dad passed away, and it kept me going.
“He had always been quite sporty and was an ex-professional footballer, and most of my family is quite fit so my husband has been helping me train.
“It’s been a good way of dealing with my grief.”
The 44-year-old from Alderholt will be setting up a donation page at justgiving.com shortly.
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