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Runner helps nurses in need with tweeting fundraiser

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A nurse has raised nearly £4,000 for a nursing charity by running a marathon and tweeting about it every mile long the way.

Joan Pons Laplana, who is a telehealth clinical lead working across Derbyshire, completed the Liverpool Rock’n’Roll Marathon on 29 May.

“It’s been incredible, people are so generous”

Joan Pons Laplana 

He has so far raised £3,780 for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which supports nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants in need.

Mr Pons Laplana, who is originally from Barcelona, dubbed his marathon a “tweetathon”, because he tweeted facts and messages about the charity to his 18,000 or so followers every mile of the route.

He said was delighted with the response to his fundraising and aware-raising efforts.

Cavell Nurses' Trust

Nurse helps struggling colleagues with ‘tweetathon’

Joan Pons Laplana

“It’s been incredible, people are so generous,” he said. “I have a lot of followers on Twitter, so it made sense that I include social media in my marathon challenge. I was keen to make as much noise as possible for Cavell Nurses’ Trust.”

Mr Pons Laplana said he wanted to raise money for nurses in financial difficulties because he had been in a similar situation himself a few years ago.

When his marriage ended he struggled to juggle his finances and was supported by another charitable organisation, the Royal College of Nursing Foundation, which helped him pay his rent arrears and get back on his feet.

“I know how stressful it is to have to choose between paying the electricity bill or buying food today,” he said. “Then you get a letter from the landlord to say rent is due – it is very easy to get into debt problems.

“I said that one day I would give back to a charity that helped nurses,” he added.

Mr Pons Laplana is still collecting sponsorship money via his JustGiving page.

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