Holt GP rows along the coast for King’s Lynn Hospital funds

A GP has taken to the seas in a bid to raise cash for a Norfolk hospital.

Holt GP Victoria Holliday has completed a rowing challenge, rowing the eight miles from Wells to Blakeney in a 16ft boat, to raise money for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn (QEH).

Alongside her were colleagues from the Blakeney Rowing Club, of which she is a founder member and a cockle boat with five rowers in it from Burnham Overy.

The challenge took place on Sunday and they managed to cover the distance in two hours.

She said: 'We got out to sea and at first it was quite calm and we thought, this is going to be a breeze, but then it did get quite rough.' She said however they were able to carry on and managed to cover the distance within two hours.

She added: 'It was fantastic, there was nothing but the sound of the waves and the seals popping their heads up.'

Dr Holliday, a non-executive Director of the QEH, hopes to raise up to �10,000 from this and other sponsored events for the hospital's 'Healthy Hearts' campaign. She is supporting the hospital's fundraising campaign as her father died young from heart disease.

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The Healthy Hearts campaign was launched last year with the intention of raising �200,000 for a new diagnostic treadmill and monitoring equipment.

Ms Holliday has been rowing for 20 years since her student days at the University of Cambridge and later as a member of the Union Boat Club in Boston, Massachusetts, when she worked in the USA during the 1990's.

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