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A woman who walked and ran the equivalent distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats to fund a play specialist at West Suffolk Hospital has seen her own sister take on the role.

Sarah Bones, of Barrow, finished the 874-mile virtual course on September 4 after starting in November last year, which included a marathon round the villages close to where she lives.

The £1,516 raised has gone towards funding the new role at West Suffolk Hospital, which her sister Claire Thompson has now taken on.

Claire Thompson and Sarah Bones. All pictures: My WiSH Charity.
Claire Thompson and Sarah Bones. All pictures: My WiSH Charity.

Sarah said: “I’m not a runner but I did a bit of running throughout the challenge to help get me ready for the marathon which was a bit of a circuit.

“The majority of the time I was walking some of the distance from my home and when I got the opportunity I got out and ran about three times a week.”

Sarah, who is an account manager at a water techniques company in Bury St Edmunds, added: “It’s wonderful that I’ve raised this money for my sister so she can carry on her good work at the West Suffolk.

Sarah Bones finished her 874-mile challenge earlier this month.
Sarah Bones finished her 874-mile challenge earlier this month.

“It was lovely and it became a real personal thing. I could never work at the hospital but this is my way of doing something for them as they do such a great job.”

The idea to do the challenge came to Sarah during lockdown last year.

She said she wanted to do something to ‘get out and about’ and chose My WiSH Charity as part of their 25th anniversary campaign #25.

Her sister Claire used to work as a play specialist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, but applied for the role at West Suffolk Hospital after finding out they needed one.

Sally Daniels, fundraising manager for My WiSH, congratulated Sarah on completing her almost year long challenge.

“Our fundraisers are so inspirational,” she said.

“To spend so many months completing a challenge is just incredible and the sum raised by Sarah is fantastic.

"Having Claire ironically join the Trust in the role we are fundraising for is just the icing on the cake.

"She’s already become a great asset and we are thrilled to continue supporting the role of play specialist.

"Thank you to these two sisters for being amazing."