A RUNNING challenge by a group of family members, friends and work colleagues has raised vital funds for a team of volunteer doctors which carries out work in Cumbria. - BEEP Doctors Cumbria - Volunteer Emergency Doctors

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A RUNNING challenge by a group of family members, friends and work colleagues has raised vital funds for a team of volunteer doctors which carries out work in Cumbria.

April 7th, 2023

The BEEP Doctors (BASICS) Cumbria charity has been given £785, raised by the group, whose members each completed runs totalling 100 kilometres between January 1 and February 28.

The group, which included eight people from Cumbria as well as some from North Wales and the North East, smashed its original £500 fund-raising target.

Beep Doctors chair Dr Theo Weston said: “On behalf of the charity, I would like to extend our thanks to this amazing group for fundraising in support of our cause. Their contributions will go a long way in helping us achieve our mission of making a positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities across Cumbria.

“It costs more than £150,000 a year to keep our charity going and we rely solely on donations and fund-raising events, so this money will make a huge difference to the people of Cumbria in need of emergency medical care.”

The 100 kilometres running challenge was organised by a couple from near Penrith – Anna Blackwell, a police officer, and her husband, Jonathan, who is Assistant Chief Constable with Cumbria Police.

Those taking part included Nick Hall, Alex Johnson and Jack Stabler, from Penrith; Damien Mottram from Barrow; and Kathryn Smyth and Lesley Watson, from Carlisle.  The others were Phil Langley, Jayne Blackwell, Sarah Blackwell, Katie Gordon, Ashlea Ginesi and Lisa Coleman.

“A good friend of ours who was visiting Cumbria last summer needed some urgent medical attention and it was the BEEP Doctors who were first on the scene,” said Anna.

“They were absolutely fantastic so we decided to raise some money for them.

“The BEEP Doctors are volunteers and do an amazing job to help local people and those visiting Cumbria in moments of real need.

“We are delighted to have raised funds for them and to hopefully have raised awareness of what they do.”

Cumbria’s BEEP Doctors provide enhanced pre-hospital emergency care. They work closely with the police and fire services, North West Ambulance Service, Great North Air Ambulance Service and North West Air Ambulance.

On behalf of the whole Beep Team THANK YOU