Chesterfield nurses to ride 500km

Nurses Kelly Bennett and Sam Wain.

Nurses Kelly Bennett and Sam Wain.

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Two nurses are to embark on a mammoth 500-kilometre bike ride from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise £20,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Senior matron Sam Wain and night matron Kelly Bennett, both of Chesterfield Royal Hospital, have been raising cash for the charity for the past 12 months.

The duo’s total currently stands at more than £18,000 – and yesterday they jetted off for their gruelling Asian adventure hopeful to top £20,000 in one year.

On Friday they cycled the same distance on exercise bikes in the entrance to the Royal Hospital.

Sam 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.

“Dementia can have a devastating effect not only on the person living with the diagnosis but their families and carers too.”

Kelly added: “The Alzheimer’s Society is not a charity that has been widely-recognised or supported in the past, but by promoting and raising much-needed funds we have found people to be very generous.

“It’s great to think that we will be raising funds to help support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.”

You can donate by texting CRHS99 followed by the amount to 70070.

Alternatively visit www.justgiving.com/teams/Chesterfieldroyal.