A TRIO of brave GPs will be completing the Stratford Triathlon on May 8 as a relay team.
Kathryn Thomas, Alison Atkinson and Claire Wunsch, who recently retired from Abbottswood Medical Centre in Pershore, will be raising money for Campden Home Nursing, having experienced the charity’s help and support first hand in recent years.
Claire, who will be competing in the 5K relay run, said: “Campden Home Nursing has a dedicated group of nurses who have helped look after many of our patients.
“Their hospice at home service allows them to stay at home even when gravely ill.
“Having had personal experience of their support for one of my family, I know how important that can be. So best flippers, wheels and feet forward in May.”
Kathryn, who will tackle the 400m relay swimming element of the race, said: “I have never done any triathlons, but I enjoy swimming, as well as outdoor activities, and when I heard that relay triathlons existed, I thought it would be the ideal fun challenge for the three of us.
“It seemed an ideal opportunity to use the event to raise money and we very quickly agreed that Campden Home Nursing was a deserving cause.
Alison, who will take on the 18k cycle route in the triathlon, said: “Having acquired a new bike in retirement it seemed right to do the cycling element. Trying to go fast while coping with lots of other bikes on the road, general traffic and pelican crossings will be a new experience and seems slightly daunting!
“I have great admiration for all that the Campden Home Nursing Team do, supporting patients and families, at times when they feel scared and uncertain, helping them to make the most of what ever time is left with loved ones. I hope whatever we raise will help this invaluable work continue.”
Helen Makaritis, chief executive officer of Campden Home Nursing, said: “We wish Alison, Kathryn and Claire, the best of luck on May 8. We are so grateful for their support. It is a privilege to nurse patients at the end of their lives and we are so glad that we can offer such a valuable service to the local community.”
Visit www.campdenhomenursing.enthuse.com/pf/amcowls-3cd18 to donate.