MP takes up challenge to help palliative appeal

YARMOUTH MP Brandon Lewis will be putting his best foot forward in aid of the Palliative Care East appeal at the James Paget University Hospital.

The politician will be taking part in the Olympic Distance Triathlon in London on August 8.

To complete the gruelling challenge at the ExCEL centre, Mr Lewis will have to do a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride and 10km run and he has set up a web blog with updates on his punishing training regime at

He has also set up a fundraising page on the website, which can be viewed at

On his fundraising page, he said: “I will be taking part in the Olympic Distance Triathlon in London and as I will be suffering to do this it seemed only fair that my pain has a wider benefit and I hope you will be able to help me raise money for this much- needed cause and facility in Great Yarmouth.”

Further fundraising events in aid of the appeal, include:

On February 25, the Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth will be holding a third charity quiz at Yarmouth Town Hall.

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On March 4, it’s the turn of the Roller Coasters and the Waveney Singers, starring Rod Clarke from the Rocking Berries. Tickets �10.

On March 12, a Sixties night with buffet will be held at Burgh Hall.

On March 19, there will be a March Ball at the Ocean Room in Gorleston with an Abba tribute band and Lowestoft Rotary Groups.

To make a donation to the Palliative Care East appeal, visit

Cheques made payable to Palliative Care East can be sent to Palliative Care East, Fundraising Office, James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, NR31 6LA.

The latest donations include:

St Mary’s Church, Somerleyton �600; Bracecamp Saturday night dance �250; Cossey Funeral Service, in memory of Mrs Dorothy Maud Robbins �325; Brundish & Son, in memory of Vera Doreen Taylor �225; BT Community Champions, G English �500; Mrs I Knowles �25; Fusion Santa Grotto �272.43; JPUH raffle �122; Mrs S Hoad, in memory of Robin Hoad �30; A Jary & Sons Ltd, in memory of Brian Anthony Russell �230; Mrs J Ormerod, in memory of Wilfred Ormerod �60; Moonlite Walk, Linda Coe �110; Great North Runners �2,760; Npower �1,305; Lisa Jonas, in lieu of Christmas presents, Mr and Mrs Sewell �10; Lisa Jonas, in memory of Mr and Mrs Watts �7.50; Mrs M Doe �20; Mrs J Mayfield Christmas party �100; Sheila Smith �220; Critoph & Crowe, in memory of Grace Evelyn Beamish �90; JPUH governors �26; Palliative Care Team, Christmas cards �32; Bells, Raynscourt Hotel �60; David Todd, - Pharmacy Christmas cards �30; Julie Tobutt, in memory of Peter Emsden �10; Michelle Judd �56; Orthodontic Department, JPUH �19; Rainbow days, JPUH �4,000; Christmas Wrap �73.20; JPUH IT Christmas party �121.40; Anglia Co-operative, in memory of Peter John Grimmer �700; Pharmacy Christmas cards, JPUH �43; David White �20; Potters Leisure Ltd �3,000.