The charity team at Dorset County Hospital is encouraging hospital staff and the local community to take part in three summer fundraising activities to raise money for the hospital.

The first opportunity is a 100km Challenge taking place throughout July. Last year more than £5,700 was raised by staff and the local community taking part in a similar event to mark the 70th birthday of the NHS. This year the distance has increased to 100km as some supporters said they wanted more of a challenge.

The 100km distance can be completed individually or as part of a team – the only stipulation is that it must be done during July and participants will need to have proof of completion of the distance from a mobile phone or fitness app. There will be a medal and a certificate for everyone taking part. For more information email

For more serious runners, a 10km or 6km run is taking place on Sunday 14 July in Moreton Forest. The well-signed route will cover a range of terrain on forest tracks and woodland paths.

Registration costs £17 and it will be possible to sign up on the day – both races start at 9.30am. There will be post-race refreshments together with trophies for the winners and a medal for all.

A third way to support the hospital is to take part in the NHS Big Tea party. The key date nationally for the Big Tea is on or around Friday 5 July but parties can be held on any convenient date over the summer. Contact Kitz on 01305 253792.

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