A DOCTOR and a nurse from the Royal Cornwall Hospital are hoping to keep hearts beating in Truro by running the Virgin Money London Marathon next month.
Claire Mensing, a sexual health doctor, and Juliet Stewart, a Kernowflex nurse, are aiming to raise £2,000 each to buy two community defibrillators for Truro.
The pair are two of 24 runners taking part in the marathon on April 13 for the Cornish charity Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust (Fleet).
Dr Mensing said: “Fleet’s new campaign for this year is to provide public access defibrillators in towns and villages across the county.
“So the aim is that each of the 24 Fleet marathon runners taking part in London will raise £2,000 each and that will buy a defibrillator for the runner’s town or village.
“It is really important that if someone has a sudden cardiac arrest they are defibrillated within three minutes. These machines will improve the chances of survival.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring the pair can log on to www.fleet.org.uk and then click on Claire Mensing or Juliet Stewart in the bottom right hand corner of the page.