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King’s Lynn Speedway riders get set for a charity beach run

11:00 30 March 2014

A 10K Hunstanton Beach Run is taking place in June to raise money for the QEH stroke unit in King

A 10K Hunstanton Beach Run is taking place in June to raise money for the QEH stroke unit in King's Lynn. Back row from left, Jo Brooks, Dr James Philips, Malcom Tuff, Manjit Obhrai, Mayor Liz Watson, Dr Raj Skekhar, Andy Harrod, Paul Brandon and Mick Ennis, with front from left, speedway riders Tai Woffinden specialist stroke sister Ann Lankaster and Rory Schlein. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Speedway riders joined hospital staff and runners to launch a charity beach run.

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A 10K Hunstanton Beach Run is taking place in June to raise money for the QEH stroke unit in King's Lynn - From left speedway riders Tai Woffinden specialist stroke sister Ann Lankaster and Rory Schlein go for a run. Picture: Matthew Usher.A 10K Hunstanton Beach Run is taking place in June to raise money for the QEH stroke unit in King's Lynn - From left speedway riders Tai Woffinden specialist stroke sister Ann Lankaster and Rory Schlein go for a run. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The 10k Hunstanton Beach Run, on June 15, will raise money for the stroke unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn.

Tai Woffinden and Rory Schlein were at the QEH to support the event which raises money for the stroke unit. They were calling for runners, from beginners to the more serious, to sign up for the run.

Lynn Stars captain Rory Schlein said: “I think it is great to do anything that benefits others and hopefully it will raise much money.”

The event is being organised by the Stroke Association and Friends of the Stroke Unit. Money that is raised will pay for equipment that the trust cannot afford, to help care for patients.

Stroke consultant Dr Raj Shekar said: “Any money raised goes straight to the unit. We need a special chair and hoist for the patients. It is fantastic the amount of support we have.”

Stroke unit matron Diane Benefer said the unit would struggle without the Friends of the Stroke Unit.

She said: “The fundraising helps to buy things for specialised care, which can be very expensive. We want the best for the patients and need more than one of everything. We would be lost without the Friends’ input.”

West Norfolk Mayor Elizabeth Watson said that the charity was personal to her after her father and partner both suffered from a stroke.

She said: “There are a lot of things that the unit needs to buy to help patients. It is so hard to see those who have had a stroke struggle. I am delighted to be involved. I think it is a fantastic event highlights the stroke unit.”

■ To register for Hunstanton Beach Run go to www.stroke.org.uk/event/hunstanton-10k-beach-run.

■ Are you running to raise money for a good cause? Email natalie.copeland@archant.co.uk

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