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NURSES and healthcare assistants from the Ministry of Defence hospital unit took on a cycle challenge at Southampton Airport to raise money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The team – a mixture of navy, army and Air Force personnel from Queen Alexandra Hospital – cycled 377 miles in five hours on exercise bikes in the airport terminal.

Passengers donated more than £400 to the charity as a result of the challenge, which is the equivalent distance of a flight from Southampton to Dublin.

Anthony Cleightonhills, terminal operations co-ordinator at Southampton Airport, said: ‘This entertaining challenge certainly caught the attention of our passengers and made for a lively terminal.’