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Doctor prescribes a successful marathon

PUBLISHED: 16:13 29 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

A DOCTOR raised more than £3,000 for a life-saving machine for children when he ran his first marathon.

Gary Taylor, 40, of the Little St John Street surgery, Woodbridge, completed the London Marathon in 4hrs 53mins.

A DOCTOR raised more than £3,000 for a life-saving machine for children when he ran his first marathon.

Gary Taylor, 40, of the Little St John Street surgery, Woodbridge, completed the London Marathon in 4hrs 53mins. He raised £3,200 for the Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) charity and the charity thanks everyone for their support.

The money is going towards a campaign to buy an electrocardiogram testing machine (ECG) that can detect cardiac abnormalities in young people.

The machines cost £12,000 and one was recently purchased in Woodbridge and put in the surgery in St John's Street following a fund-raising campaign by Kate Fox and her husband Robi.

Their daughter Laura died unexpectedly when she was aged 13 nearly four years ago. The Farlingaye High School pupil had a rare condition called cardiac arrhythmia. There was no national testing for the condition but it is hoped the introduction of the ECG machines into surgeries will help doctors and nurses identify heart problems.

Pc Fox said: ''The support we have received is unbelievable, it really is. When you have a young person die and the pathologist can't find a specific cause they say it is natural causes. But there is nothing more unnatural than the death of a young person.''

The couple are campaigning to obtain regular screening sessions in schools and for sports groups and the charity wants a national screening programme.

The next major fund raising event is a charity auction on July 20 at the Suffolk Police headquarters in Martlesham from 7pm. Bids range from a silk scarf to a helicopter trip for four or tickets for the London Eye.

Pc Fox, a Suffolk Constabulary air observer, is hoping to ask soldiers, police and nurses to volunteer themselves to carry out tasks for winning bidders. People wishing to donate lots for the auction can contact the family on 01394 380614.


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