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Brighton to Eastbourne challenge sees Sam battle blisters for charity

August 31 2018

A marathon effort has seen a Gillingham operations manager raise more than £350 for Macmillan Cancer Support and in memory of a father-in-law.

Sam Buckler, who coordinates the day-to-day running of the Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre, walked the 26.3 miles from Brighton to Eastbourne to raise money for the charity that supports people living with cancer.

She said: “I keep quite fit, but I had also taken on some extra training to ensure I could comfortably make the distance. I walked evenings and weekends, some short walks from Gillingham to Gravesend and other longer trips to Tunbridge Wells, around Bewl Water.

“It was hot, hard work and my legs and feet ached the next day, but I am very grateful to my friends and colleagues who supported me with their enthusiasm, as well as their donations.

“Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer.  We had first-hand experience of the support provided by Macmillan Cancer Support when my father-in-law was diagnosed and then sadly passed away after battling pancreatic and bone cancer, which is why I decided to take on the challenge.”

Deputy hospital director Ben Howes said: “We are all very proud of Sam’s effort, especially in the heat. She works tirelessly to ensure the centre runs smoothly for patients and I think it is remarkable that she can still find the time and energy to support a wonderful charity.”

Sam will now be applying to Care UK’s Working in the Community fund to boost the funds she raised.