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Bournemouth school caretaker Paul O’Boyle, 56, who last year ran 27 marathons in 26 days, is embarking on a new challenge. A man, who was seriously injured, having been a victim of a drink driver, is to run an average of 42 miles a day over a five-day period. Bournemouth school caretaker Paul O’Boyle, 56, is no stranger to huge challenges, as last October he ran 27 marathons in 26 days. His latest feat will take him on the South West Coast Path from Old Harry Rocks in Studland on Sat 31 July to Plymouth Barbican on 4 August, a distance of 212...

UK staff from the global manufacturer Curtiss-Wright showed their mettle by running, cycling, rowing and even fishing to raise hundreds of pounds for the Macmillan Unit in Christchurch. Curtiss-Wright UK launched its Wellbeing Challenge at the beginning of 2021 and pledged to donate £20 for every employee who agreed to take part in fundraising for the hospice and two other nominated charities. Forty-one employees from its subsidiaries across the UK, including Christchurch, signed up and between them managed to run 2140 miles, cycle 285 miles, walk 3311 miles and row 126 miles during January and February. Karen Moss, Senior Human Resources Manager for...

Covid couldn’t stop the music when Christchurch University of the Third Age (U3A) tuned up to help the Macmillan Unit hospice. Each year the U3A Vintage Brass Band raises money for Macmillan Caring Locally by playing Christmas Carols to shoppers in Saxon Square. Restrictions meant playing activities were limited in 2020. But band member Tony Kent arranged with Christchurch Council for the band’s quartet, Brass in Harmony and small ensembles of Vintage Brass members to play in the Square on December 14th. As in previous years the U3A musicians were titled Santa’s Band and Rudolph’s Band and their efforts not only cheered up shoppers,...

RESOURCEFUL Rotarian Robin Scott made a rod for his own back when he delivered his club’s latest donation to the Macmillan Hospice in Christchurch, Dorset. Reluctant to hand over the money by hand due to COVID restrictions, the President of Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary devised his own delivery method, using a giant cheque and a fishing rod. Robin explained: “In normal times, we present our donations to the Macmillan Unit as a group with celebratory photographs and a party atmosphere. We have a fantastic relationship with the Trust Secretary Neal and the whole team, and it’s always something to enjoy." “Unfortunately, get-togethers aren’t safe...

Every adult in England is now able to book up to two lateral flow tests a week, in line with government guidelines, at one of the local test sites. Regular, repeat testing is recommended to support people throughout the easing of lockdown and whilst vaccination is being rolled out. This will provide ongoing reassurance and, where positive cases are found, it helps break the chains of transmission. You can book individual or block bookings: Block booking - you can block book six tests, one a week for six weeks at the same time, same day, same location. If you would like two tests every...

Cricketers go double the distance in lockdown Mudeford Cricket Club players who are attempting to reach all 18 county championship grounds in England and Wales inside a month, have got off to a stunning start – and may even manage it twice! A group of 30 cricketers from their teens to their 70s have set themselves the challenge of running or walking a combined 1008.6 miles, the equivalent distance to Hampshire, Surrey, both grounds in London, Cardiff, Durham and all the way back again, by March 31. The cricketers are dotted across Dorset and Hampshire and cover their miles in their own neighbourhoods,...

The son of former Ferndown Mayor Steve Lugg, who died of cancer aged just 54, has completed a punishing physical challenge in memory of his father. Rhys Lugg, 29, ran four miles, every four hours over a 48-hour period, carrying 20kg - the equivalent weight of a four-year old child on his back. Rhys, a soldier in the Household Cavalry Regiment, completed the challenge while on base at Bulford Barracks in Wiltshire last month and has so far raised £2,889 for Macmillan Caring Locally and the military mental health charity Head Up. He said: “The run challenged me mentally as well as physically...

The former General Manager of The Grove, our Bournemouth hotel which provided holidays and respite for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, has received an award from Her Majesty the Queen. Brenden Howard was recognised for great and valuable services to the community by George Streatfeild, the High Sheriff and official representative of the monarch in Dorset. “The first I knew about the award was when I received a call from the Town Hall,” said Brenden. “I was pretty taken aback. But once it sunk in I felt really honoured and thankful to the wonderful guests and people who nominated me.” He continued:...

Nigel Howe It is with great sadness we announce the death of our retired colleague and friend Nigel Howe. Nigel’s family and friends are in our thoughts at this very difficult time. Nigel was our much-loved gardener at the Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital for 15 years. During that time he and his gardening team worked ‘rain or shine’ to ensure the Macmillan Unit gardens were a feast of colour and interest all year round. The award winning Macmillan Unit gardens are a very important part of the care of our patients, and they are cherished by patients, visitors, staff and volunteers. Nigel...

2020 is almost over. Looking back, I think we all wish we had bought shares in Zoom, hand sanitisers and toilet paper! The pandemic has made some of the most important parts of the care provided for patients and their families very challenging, and our clinical teams have needed to adapt to new ways of working in order to meet our patients’ needs. We are incredibly proud of the Macmillan Unit team, and the lengths they have gone to in order to put what is important to our patients at the heart of their care. We would like to thank all our staff, volunteers...