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More than a dozen editorial staff to run charity 10-mile race

More than a dozen journalists at a regional daily are set to run a 10-mile race with the aim of raising £2,500 for charity.

Members of staff at Portsmouth daily The News will take part in the Great South Run next month in aid of the Rowans Hospice Silver Jubilee Appeal.

The campaign aims to fundraise £7.5m to transform its facility in Waterlooville.

Editor Mark Waldron will lead a team of 15 edtorial and commercial staff taking part in the event.

Members of team News, headed by editor Mark Waldron at the front

Members of team News, headed by editor Mark Waldron at the front

Also taking part are commercial editor Simon Toft, health reporter Millie Salkeld, local democracy reporter Fiona Callingham, features writer Annie Lewis, Havant and Waterlooville reporter Byron Melton, defence reporter Tom Cotterill, Gosport reporter David George, digital reporter Matt Mohan-Dickson, picture desk’s Sarah Standing, deputy head of features Elise Brewerton, business reporter Hope Mckellar and Fareham reporter Richard Lemmer.

Katie Breen, from the newspaper’s advertising department, and Mo Hassan, from finance, will also compete.

Said Mark: “The Rowans Hospice do really amazing work in our community and have made a difference to the lives of our readers and their families.

“We can’t wait to contribute to their appeal by taking part in the Great South Run and ensure they can continue their services for the next 25 years.”

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