‘Running Doctors’ race to £3000 total

Staff from the Carnoustie Medical centre raised �3000and were photographed on Friday handing over the Cheque to Linda Merrilees from Marie Curie. From left; Amy Knighton, Dannielle Geddes, Eric Larg, Stephen Galbraith, Lindsey Howe, Lana Wood.

Staff from the Carnoustie Medical centre raised �3000and were photographed on Friday handing over the Cheque to Linda Merrilees from Marie Curie. From left; Amy Knighton, Dannielle Geddes, Eric Larg, Stephen Galbraith, Lindsey Howe, Lana Wood.

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More than £3000 has been raised for Marie Curie by a team from Carnoustie’s health centre who completed a sponsored run in memory of a colleague.

The four doctors and two receptionists from Carnoustie Medical Group’s Parkview Primary Care Centre raised a total of £3026 by running 10km or 5km at a sponsored event at Monikie Country Park last month.

The money will be used by Marie Curie’s community nursing service to ‘buy’ over 151 hours of free, high quality hands on nursing care for people with a range of terminal conditions, including cancer.

The Parkview team’s tribute to Lynda Larg, a well-known receptionist with the Barry Road practise for over eight years, means that other families in the ‘DD’ postcode area can stay at home at the end.

Marie Curie patron Petra McMillan said: “This is a fantastic tribute to Lynda and a much-appreciated gesture of thanks for the care we were privileged to provide.

“We rely on fundraising like this in order to provide free nursing care to individuals like Lynda at the end of life. Now, thanks to Lynda’s colleagues, another family in our postcode area will know the comfort of Marie Curie care in their time of crisis.”

Lynda Larg was just 48 when she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. She made clear her desire to be at home at the end so Marie Curie nurses worked with her husband Eric to ensure this. She died in November 2015. Dr Stephen Galbraith admitted the team were “heartbroken” to lose Lynda and motivated to raise money for Marie Curie.

Dr Galbraith, Dr Lindsay Howe and Dr David Davies tackled the 10K with Dr Amy Knighton and clerical staff Lana Wood and Danielle Geddes each completing the 5K.

Now the team are keen to keep the fitness and the camaraderie going. Danielle said: ”Running together and fundraising has been good for all of us and the patients, our family and friends have been really supportive and very generous. We’re really thankful for that and I hope we’ll all keep our running up now.”

For more information about Marie Curie, visit www.mariecurue.org.uk or contact Petra McMillan via petramcmillan@sky.com or on 07717 810365.