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Norwich man doing laps of hospital to raise money for "poignant" coronavirus memorial

Murray (above) has said he's doing the challenge by himself as it's "more poignant". Picture credits: Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

A 64-year-old man who is an NHS worker, is doing a solo 24 hour walk around Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) to raise money to build a memorial for those who've lost their lives to coronavirus.

Murray Buxton's a Domestic Team leader for Serco at NNUH and said he came up with the idea to do it alone, as he believed that would be "more poignant", as many who passed away from the virus would have been alone.

Murray said:

“I was watching the news and hearing the stories of the people who were losing their lives and their loved ones not being with them in their final moments.

"I thought it would be more poignant to do it alone as most of them have been alone.

"I thought it would be fitting for families to have somewhere to go to reflect."

He's already exceeded his £500 target, before even taking his first steps as part of the challenge and is to carry out the challenge on his days off from work.

He added:

"I thought a 24 hour walk is a challenge and I am looking forward to it.

"I’m really pleased that I’ve already raised more than £500.

"I do ten hours a day on my feet and walk the dog before and after work, but I think I may start to struggle at 16 hours!

"My colleagues at Serco have planned a hydration station and first aid if needed.”

He'll begin the challenge at midday on Thursday 16 July.

You can support his fundraising efforts by clicking here.

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