Landlord and lady organise run to raise money for charity

Runners taking part in the charity run organised by Matthew Pamplin, 2nd right, and Katie Hales of t

Runners taking part in the charity run organised by Matthew Pamplin, 2nd right, and Katie Hales of the Earlham Arms, for the Oesophageal Patients Association. With them from left, Edward Cheong, consultant oesophageal and gastric surgeon; Dimitri Pournras, oesophageal and gastric registrar; and Andrew Hart, consultant gastroenterologist. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Matthew Pamplin and his partner Katie Hale have so far raised nearly £1,000 for the Oesophageal Patients Association by organising a run.

The couple, who run the Earlham Arms on Earlham Road, decided to raise money for the charity after Miss Hales' mother was diagnosed with Oesophageal cancer-for which she is now in remission.

Mr Pamplin said: 'It's quite an unspoken cancer and you really don't hear of it unless you know someone who has it. So we wanted to raise awareness of it as well as raise money for the specialist ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.'

The money was raised for the Oesophageal Patients Association, but the charity will be giving the money to the Hospital to help by a new piece of equipment for the cancer ward.

Mr Pamplin and Miss Hale, who have owned the pub for a year, were joined by surgeons from the hospital on their 10km organised run, which started at the Earlham Arms and went to the hospital and back to the pub.

And Mr Pamplin is delighted with the amount that has so far been raised, he said: 'We're really happy. The support was great. We're grateful of the support of the hospital and loads of people in the pub have been giving sponsor money.'

And the couple are now planning their next charity event.

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'We're looking to do something for next year. It's the Oesophageal Patients Association's 30th anniversary, so we're going to do something a bit bigger.'

The 34-year-old landlord added: 'It's the awareness as much as anything. The more people that know about this cancer, the better.'

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