Two maternity workers at Epsom Hospital are swapping their scrubs for running gear this weekend, as they take on the Dublin marathon to raise cash for hospitals.

Geraldine Cotter, the manager of the special care baby unit, and maternity assistant Massah Cooper will be running a lap through the city of Dublin on October 28.

All funds will go to upkeep the secret garden at St Helier Hospital in addition to buying equipment for The National Hospital of Sri Lanka.

Ms Cotter said: “Massah and I are both keen runners, but this 26.2 mile is set to challenge us. We know it’s going to be gruelling, but it will all be worthwhile if we can make a difference to the two great causes we’ve chosen.

“Earlier this year, the secret garden at St Helier, a quiet space for reflection outside the front of Ferguson House, was opened in memory of Lesley Leahy, a neonatal nurse who sadly passed away.

“I knew Lesley for 17 years and so the secret garden, which is open to all of our patients and visitors, is a touching tribute to her. The garden is absolutely beautiful, but obviously costs money to maintain, so all money fundraised online will go towards keeping it looking nice.”

She added: “I am also raising money for The National Hospital of Sri Lanka. My husband is Sri Lankan and so it means a lot to me.

“They are in need of vital equipment, and so any cash donations or cheques are going towards helping with the funding.”

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