Thurston woman takes on fitness challenge in father’s memory

Adrienne Wakeling
Adrienne Wakeling
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A daughter is honouring her father’s memory by taking part in a new fitness fund-raiser in aid of a Bury St Edmunds hospital.

Adrienne Wakeling, 49, of Thurston, feels a close connection to West Suffolk Hospital – when it opened her mother was among its first staff, her father was a porter there, it is where all her nieces and nephews were born and she is a public governor for the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

“I feel it’s important to do things to raise awareness of the great things the hospital does,” said Adrienne of her decision to sign up to the new Walk for Wards fund-raiser.

“It’s got an enormously good reputation for quality of care and that can only be maintained if you have the right equipment and staff,” she added.

The challenge – launched following last year’s 10k for 10 days event, which raised more than £4,000 for the West Suffolk Hospital Charity – allows participants to choose between walking or running a single 10k event, completing 5k for five days or 10k for 10 days.

It is hoped most people will take up the challenge between October 9-18, but Mrs Wakeling is due to complete her 100k tomorrow, three days after the 10th anniversary of her father’s death.

Dave Gooderham, fund-raising manager, said the fund-raiser was designed to give people flexibility about how, when and where they complete their challenge, and whether they do it alone or with friends.

“And, unlike last year’s event, we want our fund-raisers to tell us which area of the hospital they would like to support.

“We guarantee that every single penny goes to the ward, piece of equipment or fund-raising campaign of their choosing,” he said.

For more details, call 01284 712952 or email dave.gooder