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Richard completes gruelling challenge

Richard taking part in challenge through some woods

“Acorns provides such wonderful care to Ritchie and his family.  The staff are brilliant and his family can relax knowing that he’s in an environment specially adapted for his needs. Ritchie loves going to the hospice, he’d be there all the time if he could!”

Richard Longmore, took part in the Cannock Chase Dirty Duathlon and raised almost £500.

Richard’s nephew, Ritchie, 6, has spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic neuromuscular condition, which means he requires constant around the clock care. Ritchie visits Acorns in the Black Country, based in Walsall, for short breaks and to help give his family a break.

Richard said: “Acorns provides such wonderful care to Ritchie and his family. The staff are brilliant and his family can relax knowing that he’s in an environment specially adapted for his needs. Ritchie loves going to the hospice, he’d be there all the time if he could!”

Richard came 23rd out of 64 participants in the event, which consists of a 2 mile run followed by a 9 mile mountain bike ride and finishing with a further 2 mile run.

Richard continued: “When the opportunity came up to take part in the duathlon, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to raise much-needed funds for the hospice. The event was a lot harder than I thought, but reaching the finish line was a great sense of achievement.”

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