Phillipa's Epic Challenge

Phillipa Rolle takes on 190 mile run in aid of Poole Hospital's Radiotherapy Department

Rural run in support of radiotherapy unit

Phillipa Rolle, a frequent fundraiser for Poole Hospital Charity, will be running the Dorset boundary in aid of Poole Hospital’s radiotherapy unit on 4 July with a target of £2,150.

Phillipa was due to participate in the Race Across Scotland, a challenging 215 mile coast to coast run, that has been postponed until next year due to Covid-19.

Event organisers, instead, offered participants the option of completing the race virtually to allow them to run in their own area.

The time frame for the virtual race was extended from the race’s original 100 hours to two weeks. However, Phillipa aims to complete the 190-mile Dorset boundary in under 100 hours to try and replicate the real event.

To make up the additional 25 miles she has tweaked the route by adding detours along the way within the county boundary.

Radiotherapy is close to Phillipa’s heart, having lost family to cancer and has friends who have also received treatment for the disease.

“Funds raised from this challenge are aimed towards treatment to help prolong the lives of those affected by cancer,” said Phillipa.

“I will continue to raise money for my local hospital for as long as I can run. This gives me a purpose and joy whilst running.”

With support from the Lytchett Manor Striders, her local running group, she has been offered help and support along the way from other runners offering to run sections with her, stay with her through the night and provide essential supplies along the way.

“The response and support has been immense,” added Phillipa.

“I will have a tracker on me for people to follow the journey, so fingers crossed I will complete this come run, walk or crawl!”

Phillipa intends to run the Race Across Scotland next year with all funds going towards the hospital.

John Payne, operational manager for radiotherapy, said: “We are so thankful for Phillipa’s support. Charitable donations really make a big difference for radiotherapy patients.”

“Our charity fund is aiming to save for a specialist ‘HoverMatt’ air transfer system. This will allow us to transfer patients, currently too unwell to go home from hospital, to the treatment machine from their hospital bed more comfortably and quickly using this advanced air mattress flotation system.”

Janine Golding, community fundraiser for Poole Hospital Charity, said: “Phillipa’s dedication to running and support for the hospital is greatly appreciated. The money she raises will be a welcome boost for the radiotherapy department and those that use its services.”

If you would like to support Phillipa in her epic challenge please donate here

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