Marie Curie cancer nurses join fund-raising walk on Wearside

Nurse Paula Grufferty preparing for the 10K event in Herrington Park.

Nurse Paula Grufferty preparing for the 10K event in Herrington Park.

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CANCER nurses are putting on their walking shoes in a bid to raise funds.

The Marie Curie workers are among those taking part in the Walk Ten event at Herrington Country Park.

Fund-raisers are being urged to sign up for the 10km walk on August 20, and the finish time – 10pm – marks when the charity’s night shift nurses start work.

The family-friendly event is the first for the region and money raised will be going to help cancer patients in the area.

Paula Grufferty, a cancer care nurse from Seaham, was chosen as the face for the campaign due to her work in the community.

She said: “Cancer affects a lot of people and this is an opportunity for people to support the cause and remember loved ones lost.”

Walk Ten is taking place in 20 venues across the country and is the second year for the campaign.

Anna Kirk, community fund-raiser, said: “Everyone is invited to sign up, get sponsored and share with us the evening’s entertainment which boasts something for everyone.”

Last year Marie Curie nurses provided nearly 16,000 hours of nursing care to people in Sunderland.

Marie Curie relies predominantly on donations to provide free nursing care in the homes of people who have terminal illnesses.

Anna added: “We couldn’t continue our work in the community without the generosity and spirit of our supporters and we hope that this will be the first of many Walk Ten events in the North East.”

The walk starts at 6pm and there are a host of activities, including live music, fireworks and karting for the kids.

Registration is £10 per person and children go free. Everyone receives a Walk Ten T-shirt.

For more information on the campaign and to register call 08700 340 040 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/walkten.

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