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Running the Dorset coast for radiotherapy unit

Phillipa Rolle will be donning her sports gear tomorrow, Saturday 4 July, to run the Dorset boundary in aid of Poole Hospital’s radiotherapy unit, hoping to raise £2,150.

Phillipa Rolle is ready to run
Phillipa Rolle is ready to run

Phillipa was due to participate in the Race Across Scotland, a challenging 215-mile coast-to-coast run, that has been postponed until next year due to Covid-19.

Event organisers, instead, offered participants the option of completing the race virtually to allow them to run in their own area.

The time frame for the virtual race was extended from the race’s original 100 hours to two weeks. However, Phillipa aims to complete the 190-mile Dorset boundary in under 100 hours to try and replicate the real event.

To make up the additional 25 miles she has tweaked the route by adding detours along the way within the county boundary.

Radiotherapy is close to Phillipa’s heart, having lost family to cancer and she has friends who have also received treatment for the disease.

Phillipa said, “I will continue to raise money for my local hospital for as long as I can run. This gives me a purpose and joy whilst running.”

With support from the Lytchett Manor Striders, her local running group, she has been offered help and support along the way from other runners offering to run sections with her, stay with her through the night and provide essential supplies along the way.

“The response and support has been immense,” added Phillipa.

“I will have a tracker on me for people to follow the journey.”

Phillipa intends to run the Race Across Scotland next year with all funds going towards the hospital.

John Payne, operational manager for radiotherapy, said, “We are so thankful for Phillipa’s support. Our charity fund is aiming to save for a specialist ‘HoverMatt’ air transfer system. This will allow us to transfer patients, currently too unwell to go home from hospital, to the treatment machine from their hospital bed more comfortably and quickly using this advanced air mattress flotation system.”

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