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Costa Rica ride will raise funds for dementia patients at Poole Hospital

By mbarber  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

Amanda (standing) and Penny in the Dolphin Shopping Centre, Poole

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Three people from Poole are planning to cycle 500km in just seven days from the Pacific to the Caribbean coast in Costa Rica to raise funds for Dignity in Dementia which supports dementia services at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Penny Jarvis, 63, lead for Poole Hospital’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), is the trio's most experienced team member having raised more than £11,000 for the hospital by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 and completing a Vietnam cycle challenge in 2012.

Spurred on by her colleague, Amanda Colman, head of patient experience for Poole Hospital, has also signed up.

Mark Skelton, 50, is the third member of the team. Dubbed the ‘pedalling priest’, Mark decided to celebrate 25 years of priesthood with a cycling challenge and is raising funds in memory of his mother.

Dignity in Dementia is a trust fund within Poole Hospital Charity that supports hospital patients with dementia by making improvements to the physical environment within the hospital’s wards and departments.

The funds raised by the trio will support the refurbishment of the activities room on Lytchett ward and will provide dementia friendly artwork throughout the hospital.

With just seven weeks to go the trio are halfway through their 18-week training plan and are working hard to reach their fundraising target of £3,500 each. To find out more about their challenge follow their progress or to donate take a look at the team’s training blog at http://teamdignity.weebly.com/.

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