Nurses go the distance from QA to Cyprus

ROWING Edward Jessop
ROWING Edward Jessop
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NURSES ran, rowed and cycled the equivalent of Portsmouth to Cyprus in 24 hours to raise money for two causes.

As reported, Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service at the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit Portsmouth, in Queen Alexandra Hospital, took on challenge to raise funds for the Rocky Appeal and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The aim was to beat last year’s total of £1,000 – with this year’s total still being totted up.

Static machines were put up in the hospital’s main entrance.

Among those taking part was Edward Jessop.

The emergency department nurse from Paulsgrove was on a rowing machine.

He said: ‘I did no training for this and went back to my shift straight after rowing but I wanted to contribute.

‘Did the crowd of spectators faze me?

‘Not at all, I wish the crowd was bigger.’

The virtual route chosen was from QA to Cyprus, in honour of the work at Princess Mary’s Military Hospital in Akrotiri.