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Rosie Thompson, one of Gillingham’s health champions, walked 100 laps of Peacemarsh Surgery car park on Saturday, May 1 to raise funds for the Captain Tom Foundation on his 100th birthday anniversary weekend, and also to thank Gillingham Medical Practice for all their work during the Covid health emergency.

‘The staff at the practice have been outstanding with everything that has been thrown their way,’ said Rosie. ‘They coordinated an exemplary vaccination programme, and I don’t think a lot of people realise that they were also doing vaccinations on their days off.’

It took Rosie, 61, just under four hours to walk the laps, estimated to be about 10 kilometres. Wearing scrubs, she varied the routine, for example, walking one lap blindfolded with someone guiding her, another whilst bouncing a tennis ball and another whilst eating cake (particularly enjoyable). For her last lap, Rosie, who retired from teaching sport at Gillingham School in 2019, carried one of the London Olympic relay torches, accompanied by the theme song from the film Chariots of Fire.

‘It was much harder than expected,’ said Rosie after she completed the challenge. ‘But I was spurred on by the people who came out to see me and who left me lovely messages online, and also by my back-up team including Liz Rose [Gillingham’s social prescriber] and the medics at the practice.
‘This weekend people around the country are doing amazing things and it was great to be part of it, to do what I could so that, in Captain Tom’s words, ” tomorrow will be a better day.”‘

If you would like donate to Rosie’s cause, you can do so at her Just Giving page

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