Runner treks 60-miles to help hopsital

PUBLISHED: 20:27 02 October 2011

Richard Bartlett

Richard Bartlett

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A NURSING assistant at Weston General Hospital has raised £1,000 after running 60 miles across Somerset in a day.

Richard Bartlett, who works on Cheddar Ward, ran from Uphill beach to Wells and back and had been in training for five months by running 12 miles a day to and from work.

The money raised will go to Help for Heroes and towards a new ward bladder scanner.

Kate Harty, senior ward sister, said he had raised a significant amount for the scanner which can cost up to £2,000.

She said: “It is important because after surgery we need to scan people’s bladders and make sure their kidneys are working well. This will speed up patient care.”

The money will be split with half going towards the new scanner and the other £500 to Help for Heroes.

Kate said it was a charity that means a lot to the ward with several members of staff having previously served in the army.

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