Doc on the run for charity

Doctor Susan Salt, who works at Trinity Hospice in Bispham, and will be running the Fun Run to raise money for the hospice despite never having run before.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'17-4-2013

Doctor Susan Salt, who works at Trinity Hospice in Bispham, and will be running the Fun Run to raise money for the hospice despite never having run before. PIC BY ROB LOCK'17-4-2013

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Dr Susan Salt is prepared to walk the walk, as well as talk the talk.

In fact, she is prepared to run!

Dr Salt, medical director at Trinity Hospice, is gearing up to take part in the 31st Blackpool 10k fun run next month.

The hospice has taken over the reins for organising the event, from the people being the St Annes Coordination of Charities, which has organised the popular run for the past three decades.

It means the event, sponsored by national jeweller Beaverbrooks, will indefinitely support the Bispham-based hospice, providing invaluable care for people with life-limiting illness and their families.

And Dr Salt, who took up running last September in a bid to get fitter, decided she should lead the way and sign up to take part.

She said: “I felt I needed to get fit because I wasn’t really doing much physical activity, so I started running in September. And I felt the fun run would give me an incentive.

“I’ve never run before and never imagined I would ever be able to run a 10k.

“I started initially in September doing short distances and building it up.

“I’ve noticed it’s getting a bit easier and I do definitely feel better for it.

“I feel fitter, I feel I have more energy and like it has improved my overall well-being.”

It costs £12,000 a day to run Trinity Hospice as 3,500 people each year are referred to the service and demand is constantly increasing.

At the moment there are 80 families benefiting from services at Brian House, which costs £1.5m a year to run.

Dr Salt added: “I am looking forward to it now, though a little apprehensive as it’s my first time.

“I just want to cross the finish line, support the hospice and raise as much as money as possible.”