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Derbyshire nurses cycle across Asia to raise money for Alzheimer’s

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Two matrons from Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust are planning to peddle from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Senior matron Sam Wain and night matron Kelly Bennett hope to raise more than £20,000 by cycling 550km (341 miles) in eight days this month in the tropical heat.

They said: “We decided to take part in this challenge for Alzheimer’s Society because we both work with people who have been affected by dementia, including their families too.

Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Sam, Kelly and colleagues

“Hospitals and their staff need to care for these patients in a very different way, which includes looking at the environment where we care for them and the support given during this very difficult time,” they said. “This all costs money and much needed research into this devastating disease.”

As of the 10 February, the pair had raised £17,000 of their £20,000 target.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We are delighted that Sam and Kelly are giving their time to support Alzheimer’s Society.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Kelly and Sam to help us continue our vital work,” he said.

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