Schoolgirl Elizabeth Oswald has been pushing herself to the limit to help raise money for Marie Curie in memory of her grandfather David.


Elizabeth Oswald receives a certificate of thanks from Kate Norris, the Marie Curie clinical nurse manager in Dorchester

Elizabeth, who is 13, from Buckland Newton, did a junior triathlon, cycling 10 miles, running two miles, and swimming one mile.

“Talk about going the extra mile – that’s a triathlon many of us wouldn’t be able to match,” said Richard Crosby, outgoing chairman of the Marie Curie Dorchester and District Fundraising Group.

Meanwhile Chris Yard, who last year cycled 50 miles to Honiton and back for a skydive in memory of his wife, Erin, who died aged 35 from cervical cancer, is planning his latest challenge for Marie Curie – cycling to Cheddar Gorge for a rock-climb and abseiling back down again.

During the four years that the Dorchester branch has been running, it has raised in the region of £125,000 for the cancer-care charity. Andrew Rennison is taking over as the new group chairman, but Richard promises he will still be helping out behind the scenes.

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