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Editor launches 60-mile walk challenge for patch hospital

Paul Jones 1A weekly newspaper editor has pledged to walk 60 miles in aid of his local hospital.

Paul Jones, who edits the Somerset County Gazette, has made the promise as part of a drive to help NHS staff and patients at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic.

The County Gazette has been supporting the hospital’s charity Love Musgrove’s COVID-19 Appeal since the beginning of April.

Now Paul, pictured, has taken his support one step further by launching his own challenge for the cause.

He said: “I was raised in an NHS family – my mum was a nurse, midwife and health visitor who retired last year after more than 40 years – so I am hugely conscious of the sacrifices staff make to care for all of us.

“So Miles For Musgrove felt like something I could take part in, even with the limited time I have when editing the newspaper.

“And it will mean I get active again, to some extent.

“I just hope I can complete the 60 miles, as with two young children – as all parents will know – I inevitably end up carrying a little one when out for a walk.”