Staff off to a running start

Three doctors and five receptionists from the Parkview medical centre in Carnoustie are running 5k and 10k in memory of a colleague who passed away last year and to raise funds for Marie Curie. Some of the participants were pictured on Friday. From left (back) Lindsey Howe, Fiona  Washington, Dannielle Geddes, Petra McMillan representing Marie Curie. (front) Eric Larg, Dave Davies, and Stephen Galbraith.

Three doctors and five receptionists from the Parkview medical centre in Carnoustie are running 5k and 10k in memory of a colleague who passed away last year and to raise funds for Marie Curie. Some of the participants were pictured on Friday. From left (back) Lindsey Howe, Fiona Washington, Dannielle Geddes, Petra McMillan representing Marie Curie. (front) Eric Larg, Dave Davies, and Stephen Galbraith.

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A team of seven colleagues left distraught by the sudden death of a treasured workmate plan to fundraise for the charity which helped her and her family at the end of life.

Next month four doctors and three receptionists from Carnoustie Medical Group’s Parkview Primary Care Centre in Carnoustie will run either 10 or five kilometres at Monikie Country Park in aid of Marie Curie, the charity which provides free professional nursing care at home to the terminally ill.

Lynda Larg, a well-known receptionist with the Barry Road practise for more than eight years, was just 48 when she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Lynda, from Carnoustie, made clear her desire to be at home at the end and thanks to Marie Curie, nurses were able to work with her husband Eric to keep her there, close to the people and things that made her feel most comfortable.

She died in November 2015.

Dr Stephen Galbraith, who with Drs David Davies and Lindsay Howe will be tackling the 10K challenge at Monikie Country Park on May 15, said the loss of Lynda has been “heartbreaking” for the Parkview team.

He said: “Lynda was just a lovely person, it is heartbreaking to have lost her. We wanted to do something in her memory and this seemed like a good idea.

“Marie Curie helped her so it feels right to raise funds for such a good cause too.”

Dr Amy Knighton and three receptionists - Danielle Geddes, Lana Wood and Fiona Washington - will all tackle the 5K route in memory of their much-missed colleague.