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Charity worker Jen Rotchell to brave marathon CrossFit workout for Macmillan Caring Locally's Brick by Brick appeal

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A CHARITY worker will take on 24 gruelling CrossFit workouts in as many hours to raise money for the new Macmillan Unit at Christchurch Hospital.

Jen Rotchell (44), who works for Macmillan Caring Locally as a corporate fundraiser, will attempt the challenge in aid of the charity’s Brick by Brick appeal, which needs to raise £12m for the new hospice.

She aims to complete one 15-minute CrossFit session every hour on 16th October at Complete Active gym on Mudeford Quay, with exercises including weightlifting, pull-ups, handstand push-ups, box jumps, and burpees.

Jen Rotchell aims to complete one 15-minute CrossFit session every hour
Jen Rotchell aims to complete one 15-minute CrossFit session every hour

“Macmillan Caring Locally is an amazing specialist palliative care charity that I feel incredibly honoured to work for,” said the mother-of-one from Bournemouth.

“I’m under no illusions it will be easy. My training for the event started in May and I am doing five or six sessions a week before work.

“I know I am going to find it immensely hard, both physically and mentally, so I hope people will come forward and spur me on by sponsoring me.”

Jen’s target is £10,000, which will help fund the rehabilitation gym in the new building.

Lin Sharp, capital appeals director for Macmillan Caring Locally, said: “We are all totally in awe of Jen – what she is doing is incredible.

“Please support her. This will carry her through and will help us get another step closer to building a wonderful new hospice.”

With patient referrals to Macmillan’s service tripling in the last 10 years, the unit, built in 1974, cannot cope with the number of people the charity cares for.

The charity has been setting aside money for a new hospice for years, with nearly £6m raised so far.

To sponsor Jen, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/plantgirl

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