High hopes for Palliative Care East Appeal

INTREPID fundraisers will be hoping to help the Palliative Care East Appeal at the James Paget University Hospital reach a new high.

A 50-strong team of women will travel to Scotland on May 6 to climb 4,400ft high Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, to raise �14,000 for Belton man Tremaine Kent’s Carla’s Angels appeal.

Mr Kent, an ex-elite special forces member, set up the appeal to raise �30,000 for the charity in memory of his partner Carla Saunders, who died of cancer in 2009.

The experienced former soldier has completed The Four Deserts Challenge across some of the driest, hottest, windiest and coldest places on earth, and will be responsible for training the fundraisers to complete their trek.

The team, which includes staff from a PR recruitment company and hospital staff, including student nurses and hairdressers, is being put through its paces by Mr Kent, on Gorleston clifftop.

The money raised will help pay for a garden at the new Palliative Care East centre, which will be built once fundraisers have achieved their goal of raising �1.5m.

The centre will provide supportive and palliative care as well as psychological support services for people with terminal illnesses.

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Jenny Watson, Palliative Care East appeal co-ordinator, said: “Everybody’s really up for the challenge. We have been training on Gorleston clifftop. I think it is a new challenge for Tremaine to try to get this group in order.”

She said the group should take seven hours to climb Ben Nevis and four hours to get back down.

Those taking part are: Jenny Watson, Julia Knights, Jackie Baisley, Donna Titcombe, Rosemary Pell, Rosemary Thompson, Rebecca Thompson, Rachel Wilson, Ashleigh Smith, Claire Louise, Joanne Treacy, Gina Mannly, Roberta Vetessee, Jackie Smith, Debbie Harrison, Sharon Ainslie, Sharon Fleming, Lisa Garrod, Jeanette Gould, Linda Stevens, Katrina Strak, Sandy Colby, Sharon O’Mahony, Charlotte Skeet, Mandi Cover, Amelia Woodrow, Melissa Hall, Teresa Hall, Kenna Lloyd, Carron Fitches, Amy Thompson, Ellis Thompson, Janet Thompson , Dawn Taylor, Rachel Sharpe-Brash, Ruth Walsh, Mandy Williamson, Sandra Westrup, Bernadette Auger, Clare Rooney, Tara Haines, Carol Catchpole, Jean Flint, Helen Godbolt, Jane Hunt, Sherry Frances, Jilly Ross, Paulline Ashbee, Enid Fitzgerald, Julie Benjafield.

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