A team of veterinary professionals raised more than £9,000 by cycling 800 miles to support a colleague with cancer.

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The Friars Moor team raised more than £9,000.

Fund-raisers from Friars Moor Veterinary clinic in North Dorset took on the New Forest 100 Sportive challenge in September in the hope of raising money for a new piece of equipment for Salisbury District Hospital’s cancer unit.

The equipment – a Sherlock 3CG Tip Confirmation System – will make it easier and more comfortable for patients to receive chemotherapy.

Show of support

The 10-strong team also undertook the challenge to show support for their colleague, David Aggett, a farm animal director at Friars Moor, diagnosed with cancer last year and receiving treatment at the unit.

Farm vets Jenny Bellini, Lucy Hepworth, Claire Whittle and Eleanor Price took on the challenge alongside TB testers Bogdan Butnaru, Katherine Peaty and Rhian Rochford, director Anthony Wilkinson and farm operation managers Jess Sealey and Izzie Place.

Overwhelmed

Ms Place and Ms Sealey said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone’s donations. The fact we have surpassed our ambitious target has made all the hard work and aches and pains completely worthwhile.”

The Pembroke Unit is the specialist cancer treatment centre for people from across South Wiltshire, Dorset and West Hampshire.

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