Kevin tackles 1,000 'virtual' kilometres for the NHS

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Staff on Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Medical Short Stay Unit and Birch Ward were delighted to receive two coffee machines after a local man completed a 1,000 kilometre challenge.

Kevin Porter challenged himself to conquer 1,000 ‘virtual’ kilometres from his home in Isleham to John O’Groats, to help raise funds for the NHS.

Kevin tackled his 1,000 kilometre challenge by spending day after day running or cycling towards his target distance, making it to John O’Groats - ‘virtually’.

Along the way Kevin has raised more than £3,000, however the success of Kevin’s fundraising has seen him support more than just his local hospital. His donations have supported NHS staff from 18 hospitals as far afield as Glasgow and Southampton, providing them with coffee machines and coffee pods to help clench their thirst during busy shifts.


Sue Richards, Matron on Birch Ward said, “It was a lovely thoughtful gift that the staff were really chuffed to receive, it has given us such a boost. By providing staff with these machines it has enabled them to grab a coffee on their break, helping them to relax, away from the fast paced and busy environment of a working ward. Kevin’s donations have allowed staff to enjoy a coffee without having to go to the nearest café to purchase one.”