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St Mary's Students and Staff Walk from Twickenham to Dublin in Four Hours

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Over 350 students and members of staff from St Mary’s University, Twickenham ran, walked, skateboarded and cartwheeled the distance from Twickenham to Dublin to raise funds for charity. Using St Mary’s athletics track, which has seen Olympic athletes including Mo Farah, Steph Twell, Charlie Grice and Andrew Osagie amongst many others regularly train on, a total of 1900 laps were completed and almost £900 was raised on the day, with more donations being received online. The original target of 460km, 1150 laps, was reached within four hours. The participants then continued on to complete an astounding 760km across the day, making it almost all the way too and from Dublin. The fundraising effort was in aid of the Team Aidan #CancerCrew campaign, which is raising funds for two cancer charities, CLIC Sargent and CanTeen!. Both charities work with young people up to the age of 24, providing support for cancer patients and their families, to help them lead as normal life as possible whilst they undergo treatment. St Mary’s Student and Dublin native Aidan Campbell-Doherty, who is currently on a year out whilst he is treated for and recovers from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, founded the campaign to help other people in the same situation as himself. St Mary’s Students’ Union Vice President for Community Henry Morrant said, “At St Mary’s we’re a close community and I was really proud to see so many of my fellow students and staff from across the University come together to support the campaign. It says so much about how we all work together that we almost made double the target distance and raised so much for the two charities.” To find out more or to donate to Team Aidan #CancerCrew please visit www.justgiving.com/teams/TeamAidanCC or search #CancerCrew on Facebook and Twitter.

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