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Hospital workers left "black and blue" after surviving charity challenge for Motor Neurone Disease Association

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: October 09, 2013

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A PAIR of hospital workers have been left "black and blue" after overcoming a gruelling charity challenge to raise more than £1,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Nikki Scott, 39, of Kidwelly, and her Glangwili Hospital colleague Sally Purkis, 48, of Carmarthen are celebrating successfully achieving the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest challenge in Cardiff — and have the scars to prove it.

For a second year in a row they took on the challenge, which involved a 12k run and 20 obstacles, this time in the name of David Jones, 64, of Ferry Road, who suffers with motor neurone disease.

Ms Scott said: "We are really pleased and have shaved 20 minutes off our time — we did it in one hour and 40 minutes and last time it was two hours.

"It was 22 degrees out and there was a selection of obstacles we had to overcome like hay bales and a nine-foot tall wall with nothing to grab hold of so we literally had to lob each other over!

"We are both black and blue, but we did it as a team all the way through.

"We are really chuffed we managed to do that because it is so easy to lose each other along the way but we helped each other in the areas we found difficult.

"I think we worked harder this year. Because we raised so much money we pushed ourselves from the beginning, started out really fast and pushed it really far.

"We had one supporter, Sue, who was walking around with a charity collection tin. We could not have done it without her.

"All together we raised £1,150.32, which we are delighted with."

Ms Scott has been life long friends with David's daughter, Cathy Jones, having gone to school together at Ysgol y Castell.

The mum-of-two said it was a big shock when Mr Jones was first told he had the rare condition, which causes parts of the nervous system to become damaged, creating progressive weakness.

She was determined to do something productive to help her best friend's father, and said all their efforts were for them.

"I think they are overwhelmed with what we have done," Ms Scott said.

"It was emotional finishing the race thinking of what we had done it for really, it was bitter sweet."

The pair are now planning to take on the half marathon in Llanelli and the Tough Mudder challenge in the future.

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