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Belton teenagers run to help East Coast Hospice appeal

PUBLISHED: 11:38 27 January 2012

Members of the Bohemians FC girls under 14 team on a charity cycle and fun run along Gorleston seafront to raise funds for the East Coast Hospice.

Members of the Bohemians FC girls under 14 team on a charity cycle and fun run along Gorleston seafront to raise funds for the East Coast Hospice.

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TEENAGE girls from a Belton football team completed a 150-mile challenge on Gorleston cliffs to raise cash for the East Coast Hospice appeal.

Members of the Bohemians U14 FC donned fancy dress to cycle and jog along the cliff tops on Saturday, hoping to raise £500 sponsorship for completing 150 miles between them - a four hour effort.

Some of the 16 girls who took part have lost grandparents to cancer, and wanted to do something for charity to help.

Emma Hughes, manager of U14 Bohemians FC at Belton, said: “The girls just wanted to do something for charity.

“Some of them have lost grandparents to cancer and they wanted to do something to make a difference.

“They’ve been so excited all week for it and when they see someone go through something like cancer they know this will make a big difference.”

The East Coast Hospice appeal is working towards building a ten bed hospice for the people of Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

And while the cause is a serious one, the charity run was an enjoyable occasion with the girls dressed as nuns, smurfs and the 118118 men from TV!

Molly Sims, 14, of Scratby, told the Mercury: “I’ve just been trying to keep fit. Lots of people in our team have lost people.”

Nicole Leach, 14 of Bradwell, revealed that she had lost her grandmother to cancer two years ago and fellow 14-year-old, Phoebe Langdale, of Lowestoft, added: “We’re doing this as a team effort.”

Corinne Bryant, of Friends of the East Coast Hospice, said that the charity was grateful for the girls’ effort and the cash which they has raised.

For information about the East Coast Hospice appeal, see www.eastcoasthospice.co.uk

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