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Keswick to Barrow volunteers step up to help

David Thompson and Gary Jones outside Bridgegate Medical Centre, Barrow

They’d normally be stepping up to run one of the region’s biggest fund-raising events but organisers of the Keswick to Barrow walk have transferred their organising skills to help the NHS fight Coronavirus around Morecambe Bay.

The event has been postponed until September 26th so volunteers have stepped in to help provide vital shelter for staff carrying out Coronavirus tests outside hospitals and medical centres.

Originally four of the charity’s gazebos were set up by the team in Lancaster, Morecambe, Ulverston and Barrow. A further call for support from the GP Federation in South Cumbria led to the charity purchasing a further four gazebos which are already in use at locations including Lancaster University, Dalton and Millom.

Volunteers, including David Thompson, a supply chain project leader with BAE Systems in Barrow and a member of the K2B organising committee for 22 years, say they are only too pleased to help.

“We’re used to getting involved in this kind of work so it’s our pleasure to get involved and help provide additional shelter at a time when it’s needed most,” David said.

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