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Matt Hancock, MP for West Suffolk and Health Secretary, participating in 10for10 challenge for East Anglia's Children's Hospices




MP for West Suffolk Matt Hancock is putting on his running shoes and completing 10 10 kilometre jogs across March and April to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

The politician is taking part in the 10for10 challenge, which asks participants to walk 10,000 steps, do 10 press ups or sit ups a day, or cycle or run 10 kilometres.

Mr Hancock has set up a JustGiving page where he has been asking for donations and encouraging others to get involved.

Mr Hancock will run 100 kilometres in under two months. Picture: Office of Matt Hancock. (45002923)
Mr Hancock will run 100 kilometres in under two months. Picture: Office of Matt Hancock. (45002923)

He said: “I am delighted to be raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices by doing the 10for10 challenge which was set up by fellow MP Guy Opperman to mark 10 years since he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

“It won’t be easy, but I am motivated by helping the children and their families who rely on the services and support of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices – it is a wonderful charity.”

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices recently announced their Stowmarket shop would not reopen after non-essential retail was allowed to after a ‘long period of slow decline’.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices recently announced they would be permanently closing their Stowmarket store.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices recently announced they would be permanently closing their Stowmarket store.

The charity, which supports families of children with life-threatening conditions, also made an urgent appeal to the public last March following a ‘devastating drop in income’.

At the time, the £100,000 weekly income from its shops as well as eBay and Amazon operations was down to zero after they were forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

So far Mr Hancock has raised almost £2,000.

To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matt-hancock5

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