Physios make marathon effort for charities

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WITH the Olympic Games just round the corner, a physiotherapy practice is set for its own Olympic challenge to raise money for two charities.

Six members of staff from Morecambe Bay Physiotherapy, part of the Physio Med network, will take part in a ‘Decathlon with a Difference’, consisting of ten events including shooting, orienteering, hockey, cycling, swimming, kayaking, bleep tests, a three-mile run, a 26km walk and even cake baking.

The Morecambe Bay team will be raising money for West End Impact, a local charity that provides support and services for those suffering from homelessness, addiction or even just loneliness.

The charity also has a youth club, a parents’ café and an art group.

The fundraising will also help The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), a national charity that funds and promotes research into the disease as well as supporting those affected by the disorder.

Alex Burch, director and principal chartered physiotherapist at Morcambe Bay Physiotherapy said: “We’ve been bitten by the Olympics bug and so decided to set ourselves a suitable challenge!

“We hope our ‘Decathalon with a Difference’ will win the support of the Morecambe community as well as raising money for two fantastic charities that do some really inspiring work.

“The MNDA is particularly close to my heart as my mum has suffered from the awful disease.”

Alex, along with practice manager Laura Wilcox, fellow physiotherapists Leanne Eastwood, Anna and James Geary and Lyn Kneale Jones and sports therapist Alasdair Russell, will kick off their challenge with a hockey match against Morecambe Hockey Club and hope to complete all ten events by July.

Alex continued: “We are really grateful to Morecambe Ladies Hockey Team who have coached us and helped us to arrange our first event.”

Anyone who wishes to support the Morecambe Bay team or contribute to their fundraising efforts can do so at the clinic at Highfield Cottage, Highfield Crescent, Morecambe.