NNUH’s Matt Keeling presents a certificate of appreciation to Phil Catchpole, president of the Diss Rotary Club – photo supplied by NNUH
A Rotary Club president has walked the entire length of the Boudicca Way in one of his final acts as president while raising money for the N&N Hospitals Charity Boudicca Breast Cancer appeal.
Phil Catchpole, President of Diss Rotary Club, set off on July 7 from Diss and walked the 36 miles to Norwich and immediately turned around to walk back again, completing the 72 miles in 24 hours and seven minutes.
The walk raised more than £3,000 for the breast cancer appeal which aims to provide a dedicated breast unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Another £3,000 was raised for Tiger Testing at the UEA which identifies aggressive prostate cancers.
To celebrate handing over the £3,078 to the Boudicca Appeal, Phil decided to walk from Diss to the hospital to meet N&N Hospitals Charity Director John Paul Garside and Deputy Divisional Director Matt Keeling.
Mr Garside said: “It has been a pleasure working with the Rotaries over the past year and their incredible support of the Boudicca Appeal and we are so delighted that the Diss Rotary has raised £3,000 for the second stage of our Boudicca Appeal, where we start to create the environment and the clinic for patients.”
Mr Keeling said: “Having purchased the additional equipment required for the new clinic, we are now looking to create the new space for our patients and staff.
“In recent months, we have been focused on our work with the Covid pandemic and now we would like to focus on completing our Breast Cancer clinic and this is a fantastic way to kick start the appeal again.”
For more information about the Boudicca Appeal and how you can help, go to www.nnuh.org.uk